Zea mays ‘Pink Zebra’ (Variegated Corn) [15 Seeds]

$4.25

Germination Information: You could, if you wish, start the seeds 1/2″ deep indoors in pots in early to mid-spring (figure three seeds in each 3- to 4-inch pot), then transplant the seedlings (still in their trios) after all danger of frost has passed. That approach is a good one if you want to include striped corn in a container, or if you need to control the specific placement in the garden. Otherwise, it’s much easier to sow the seeds outdoors in late spring.

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Like the more common version of white-variegated corn, Zea mays var. japonica, ‘Pink Zebra’ is a type of flint corn or popcorn but is more prized for its foliage interest than its grain. It is shorter, though, topping out at about 40 inches at tasseling stage in late summer. The proportionally smaller ears have the usual dark red kernels; nice for fall decorating. Throughout the summer, the foliage is very attractive, with distinct striping in white and various shades of green, as well as a varying amount of pink blush. Its shorter stature makes it a better choice for a large container. It’s also valuable as an unusual vertical accent in a flower bed or border. Full sun. Annual.

As a side note: Most of the ears I collected this year had purple husks instead of the usual tan. I thought that husk color was a nice bonus and saved seeds only from those ears; those are the seeds you will receive. I can’t predict whether your plants will have all or some (or no) purple husks, however.

Harvested in September 2020. At least 15 seeds.

Cannot ship to NV or WA.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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