Poaceae: corn, grains

 

Family: Poaceae (The Grass Family)


CORN (Zea mays)

Tender Annual. Wind pollinated, all Zea mays will easily cross if shedding pollen at the same time.





BLEND OP/F1-Sweet SU Mix

Normal sugary (su) corn varieties are difficult to find today, especially those hybrids which were developed in the days before the "supersweets" that still have the old fashioned meaty flavor of corn.   You will find many mid-season varieties in this mix of both open pollinated types like Golden Bantam and traditional hybrids like Iochief and Jubilee.  Plant them and they will continue to hybridize and diversify, then select your best for seed saving.  Yellow and white kernels kinds.  Mostly middle to late larger maturing varieties  (70-85 days) which can be saved together.  You may want to intercrop this mix with Sweeter SE Mix and make your own su/se hybrids which will add a bit of sweetness to the su corn. Long period of harvest because of diversity.  Quick conversion of sugar to starch, so have the water boiling when you harvest!  Heterosis or hybrid vigor was first documented in the corn hybrids produced at Cold Spring Lab here on Long Island in the early 1900's.  Pkt. (50 seeds)


BLEND F1-Sweeter SE Mix

The sugar enhanced corns (se) varieties, mostly homozygous types, are becoming the most popular types because they are very tender, very sweet and the sugar conversion to starch happens at a much slower rate. We have varieties with a range of maturities from mid season to late (70-85 days), both yellow and white types that will produce bicolors when grown together. You may want to intercrop this with Sweet SU corn mix which can give you the best of both worlds. You will get a bit of old fashioned flavor from the su mix and the sweetness from the se.  SE corns have slower conversion of sugars to starch.  No need to isolate se and su types. Pkt. (50 seeds)


web resources:

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/gardening/homegardening/scene05f6.html

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/rhodcv/hort410/sweetc/sweetc.htm

A nice collection of IPM for many vegetable pests including corn:

http://nysipm.cornell.edu/factsheets/vegetables/default.asp




Corn- Decorative Ears- Ornamental- Indian Corn


  BLEND- Indian Corn Blend

A fine fall decorative corn, ears are harvested when the plant dries in the field, wrapper leaves are pulled back to expose the colorful kernels making up the ear.  Increasing demand between Halloween and Thanksgiving.  This is a flint corn which can be used as a fair quality "hard" corn meal and is more resilient to molding in the field during wet autumn weather.  Pkt.  (40 seeds)



Corn- Decorative Foliage Types


CV- Old Gold Stripe Leaved Cross (yellow/mixed kernel)

A truly great corn developed from Old Gold, a great corn that came to us via the Maize Genetics Cooperation Stock Center.  This is a field corn, mostly dent which produces large ears of yellow cattle corn.  Leaves are green with bright gold stripes.  Can grow 5-6 feet tall. Rouge out plants that don't have the expected coloration before their tassels produce pollen that will deteriorate the quality of the others if allowed to cross. Pkt. (30 seeds)




Cross:  New Gold

Possible new Old Gold with red husks and red kernels and perhaps more leaf variation.  The red kerneled ear in the photo is the result of a cross with a decorative flint corn (quadricolor pink stripe) to yield an intersting red kerneled old gold as an F1.  Now backcrossed, what will the next generations yield?  Pkt. (10 seeds)



Corn- Popcorn


CV: Autumn Delight

Full sized popcorn kernels on a full size 8" cob and in a variety of warm autumn colors.  Developed at Flanders Bay Farm primarily as a popcorn of good quality and expansion ratio as well as an ornamental and festive "Indian Corn", a decorative variety of long-lasting flint corn for Thanksgiving Holiday decor.  Tall sturdy stalks.  Shows promise as an early and productive kind which resists borers and raccoon damage.  Pkt. (40 seeds)


All about growing popcorn:

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/afcm/popcorn.html


http://nwrec.hort.oregonstate.edu/swcorn.html


Sorghum


Sweet Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)


BLEND- Sweet Sorghum Blend

An assortment of sorghums which produce delicate, tall grassy stalks similar to sweet corn.  Use as a background and in the fall there will be seed heads in colors in shades of cream, rusty reds, tan and black that will last into late fall.  Very nice for fall decoration and bird feed on the stalk.  Late in the season in early October and before frost the sugary juices accumulate in the stems. A pleasant snack to chew on or crush to produce molasses or syrup.  Folks around here are always surprised to try chewing on the stalks.  We cut some really sweet stems up to sell as tea stirrers at the farmstand which created quite a bit of interest during pumpkin season.  Our blend has been selected for high sugar stalks as well as decorative seed-heads. Many varieties of historic importance.  Pkt. (40 seeds)

   


Sweet Sorghum Separates


CV-Sweet Sorghum Rusty Red

CV- Sweet Sorghum Black and White

CV- Sweet Sorghum Black

Each of the above Pkt. (20 seeds)


A History of Making Sorghum Syrup:

http://www.herculesengines.com/sorghum/default.html




Genus: Pennisetum


Pennisetum glaucum

Ornamental Millet




SELECTION:  Green to Purple Millet

Green leaves turn bronze to purple in late summer as the sturdy 2-3 foot plants produce dark purple seed spikes.  An alternative to expensive decorative millets. Seeds do not easily separate from the heads like grain millets. Pkt. (20 seeds)



 

Sweet Corn Seed, Indian Corn, Popcorn Seed, Foliage Corn Seed, Sweet Sorghum Seed, Ornamental Millet Seed