My green dent corn grew quite quickly, though the yield was pretty poor. When I picked this first ripe ear and peeled back the silk, I was amazed. Look at all those colors! A little purple, a little yellow, some blue, some green… and the cob is pale red. Amazing.
The experiment was a success despite a poor harvest, since now I have plenty of seed for next year. I started with only 200 kernels from the USDA (PI 452039) germplasm repository. I’m going to space them further apart next spring and see if they do better. If not, I may mix the breed with Oaxacan green dent, though I don’t think that cultivar is quite as pretty as this one.
Next test: grinding and eating a sample of the grain. I’m hoping they taste as great as they look.
Next season, I’ll plant a much bigger patch and then save seeds from the very best of the lot. Started with such a limited population is not a good practice, particularly for corn. I can’t wait for 2014!