Organic Dakota Black Popcorn Seeds

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Grow stunningly dark popcorn with black kernels! This popular popcorn and ornamental corn variety grows on sturdy 6–7' tall stalks — a great storage variety that will likely catch the eyes of friends, neighbors, and fellow gardeners.


Product Details

Weight

5G

Planting Season

Warm

Soil Temp

65° F+

Planting Depth

1-2"

Area to Sow

5' x 5' area

Days to Germ.

3-10+

Days to Maturity

85+

Best Planting Method

Direct or transplant

Thin to

Final spacing

Final Spacing

≥6" apart

Succession

21 days

Approx. Seed Count

34

Botanical Name

Zea mays

Plant Spread

18-20"

Plant Height

96-120"

Weight

10G

Product Information

Grow Dakota Black Popcorn from seed! A stunningly dark popcorn with black kernels. This popular popcorn and ornamental corn variety grows on sturdy 6–7′ tall stalks. Dakota Black popcorn is a great storage variety that will likely catch the eyes of friends, neighbors, and fellow gardeners.

Planting in blocks allows for good pollination essential for corn kernel development. In Southern California, you can succession plant at least two rounds of corn to enjoy all summer long!

Planting by Zones

Zones 9-10

  • Corn is a warm-season crop that should be grown when soils have reached a minimum temperature of 65°F. This occurs in mid-May in Zones 9 and 10. It will not germinate well in cold soils.

Planting Corn Seeds

  • Corn seed is very easy to direct sow. For Zones 9 and 10, sow seeds in deeply irrigated soils to guarantee even and quick germination. Plant seeds every 3″, thinning later to 6″ apart.
  • Fertilize regularly with an organic liquid fertilizer once the seedlings have germinated and are about 4″ tall.
  • If transplanting out, plant in the garden when it is 6-7″ tall. Space at least 6″ apart. Plant in full sun.

Succession Planting Corn

  • Plant every 10-days for a continuous crop to harvest.

Growing Corn

  • For healthy kernel development, you must ensure good pollination. Pollination happens when pollen from the tassels falls onto the silks. To ensure this, you must plant corn in blocks and plant at least 10 plants to get a good yield. Plants can be grown very close together if you are planting in a small space.
  • Corn requires adequate moisture and moderately fertile soil to produce a healthy crop. Side dress with a granular organic fertilizer if you believe your soil has low fertility.

Growing Corn in Containers

  • Do not grow in a container unless you can fit a minimum of ten plants in the size of the container being used.

Harvesting Dakota Black Popcorn 

  • Corn is harvested differently depending on the type you grow.

Sweet Corn is harvested when the peak sugar has condensed in each kernel—ears will feel firm and full. Other signs of maturity are dry silks and ears that are tilted from the stem. You can peel back the silk and squeeze a kernel. If the liquid that comes out is milky, it’s ready! Keep in mind the quality of sweet corn declines if you let it stay on the stalk too long. Sugar contents turn to starch, making the corn less appealing to eat fresh. If this happens to you, simply use the corn in cooking applications like corn chowder, corn cakes, or other recipes.

Popcorn/Mill Corn and Dent Corn are left to mature on the cob. As they mature, the silks will dry out. These types can be stored dry until needed. Dakota Black Popcorn can be popped by placing the whole cob (husked) in the microwave in a brown paper bag.

Southern California Pro-tips

  • In areas of Zones 9 and 10, corn can be succession planted several times for a harvest that can be enjoyed all year long!
  • Aphids and ants are the most common corn issues in Southern California. Refer to UC IPM.

Companion Flowers/Crops

  • Corn is a tall plant that is planted in blocks. For this reason, smaller bushy plants planted on the perimeter of your corn patch will bring beneficial insects and make your corn patch even more beautiful. Plant zinniassunflowers, and amaranth around your corn.

Additional Learning Resources

It’s fun to grow your own popcorn! Grow our colorful Organic Glass Gem Popcorn seeds for another stunning popcorn variety that is almost too beautiful to eat. Dakota Black Popcorn is also beautiful when used ornamentally.

Product Details

Weight

5G

Planting Season

Warm

Soil Temp

65° F+

Planting Depth

1-2"

Area to Sow

5' x 5' area

Days to Germ.

3-10+

Days to Maturity

85+

Best Planting Method

Direct or transplant

Thin to

Final spacing

Final Spacing

≥6" apart

Succession

21 days

Approx. Seed Count

34

Botanical Name

Zea mays

Plant Spread

18-20"

Plant Height

96-120"

Weight

10G

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