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How to Grow Ornamental Corn

Zea Germination Information

Zea is the botanical name for Ornamental Corn
Viola Seed Germination How to Sow Zea:
  • Best sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors, 2 weeks before last frost, at a temperature of 60-75°
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seed and expect germination in 7-10 days

How to Grow Zea:
Spacing:  Thin seedlings to 1 foot apart or transplant to same distance when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Soil: Site in full sun in a fertile, moist, well-drained soil

Additional Care: Hand pollinate the flowers to ensure that all of the colors appear on a single ear

Appearance and Use:

Grown as a specimen or accent in a mixed border. The ears make interesting dried specimens for autumn arrangements and displays. Plants grow to 15 feet tall with long, strap-shaped green leaves. Some cultivars have brightly variegated leaf patterns. The ears of ornamental corn with black, gold, white, purple, and red kernels develop in the summer


About Zea:
Pronunciation:  ze’å maz jå-pon’i-kå
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Poaceae; native to tropical America
Common Name: Ornamental Corn