Broom corn is a tall annual grass that looks like a corn plant but makes fan-shaped seed heads instead of ears. The seeds mature in the autumn in a multitude of colors, shades of red, black, amber and brown.
The edible seeds can be sprouted, cooked, popped, or ground into flour. The straw can be made into brooms or tie untrimmed tassels into bundles to feed birds through winter.
Ideal for kids, crafts and critters. Easy to grow in full sun.
Annual 105 days
Approx 200 seeds per pack
Plant corn directly in warm and rich soil 1 or 2 weeks after last frost in spring. Germination is best in soil temperature of at least 60F. At 55F., it will be retarded, and at 50F. there is minimal germination.
Plant 1"-2" deep and thin to 8"-10" apart in rows 30"- 36" apart. Planting 4-row blocks ensures better pollination than 2 long rows. Corn is ready when the silk on the ears is brown. Old timers say to put the pot on to boil as you go out to pick corn. The sooner it is cooked the tastier it is.