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Gi Popcorn

    Top Of The Pops

    Image of the magazine article 'Top Of The Pops'Strawberry popcorn has a dwarf seed head that produces child-sized fruit, ideal for popping in the microwave. Heres a chance to grow your own English popcorn!

    What fun! Strawberry corn, a miniature version of ordinary sweetcorn, produces an abundance of lovely 5 cm ears of deep, ruby red coloured fruit that are shaped like strawberries! They are ideal for making brilliant miniature popcorn, which if you eat without sugar or salt, have the tiniest hint of a strawberry flavour. They also make really interesting decorations, or dinner party gifts.

    These plants are excellent for encouraging children in the garden because, not only are they very easy to grow and need little actual care, the colour, shape and size are unique. If you sow in mid-May theyll be still there after the school holidays, making them ideal subjects for classroom work - assuming we get a little rain in August.

    The plant only grows to 1.25 m making it ideal for a small garden, tubs or containers.Sow in April under cover, preferably in a heated propagator set at 15°C. Use a good general purpose compost and keep moist. Place two seeds into each pot and discard the smallest seedling once they are clearly established. A second sowing a month after the first can provide a later crop and this can be sown in an unheated propagator.

    In late May, when there is no chance of a frost, you can plant the seedlings into their final positions. They like to be bunched together as does ordinary sweetcorn, around 40 cm apart. If the weather is poor you can delay this until early June.

    Its not so easy to determine ripeness with the strawberry corn as it is with sweetcorn. Normally you push your nail into one of the kernels on a cob, but these seeds are much smaller, so you have to judge by eye! The cobs are covered with papery leaves, and take around three to four months to produce, depending on your climate. Plants started in April in the north of the country should be ready by the end of August, a couple of weeks earlier in the south. It wont matter if you pick them a bit too early because as they cant be eaten like ordinary sweetcorn any lack of sweetness isnt the end of the world. When picked they should be hung in a dry, airy place and once dry treated as normal popcorn.

    This article first appeared in the May 2007 edition of Grow It! magazine. To download a pdf copy of the original article click on the image below...Image of the magazine article 'Top Of The Pops'


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    Sweetcorn Plant 'Strawberry Popcorn'

    Image of Sweetcorn Strawberry Popcorn

    Home grown popcorn, what could be better? Ruby-red round cobs that look a little like large Strawberries! The dried kernels make excellent quality sweet popcorn.
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    Supplied as compost block grown plants.

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    Sweetcorn Seed 'Strawberry Popcorn'

    Image of Sweetcorn Strawberry Popcorn

    Popping Corn. Ruby-red rounded cobs are produced in abundance. Once dried, the kernels are simply the best variety for popping!
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    Supplied as a packet of approximately 40 seeds.

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