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About This Plant...
Family: Poaceae
Genus and species: Zea mays var. rugosa
Growing Season: summer
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 2-4 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 0 to 2 weeks after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 0 to 2 weeks after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 4-12 days
Germination temp.: 60-95 degrees F.
Sowing depth: 1 inch
Days to maturity: 60-100 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 8-12 inches
Spacing between rows: 30-42 inches
Growing On...
Pests: European corn borers, corn earworms, flea beetles, earwigs, Japanese beetles, corn rootworms, seed corn maggots, wireworms, aphids, raccoons, birds
Diseases: bacterial wilt, corn smut, corn leaf blight, maize dwarf mosaic virus
Harvest: when the ears are completely filled out; a kernel will show milky white liquid when pierced with your fingernail
Growing tips: supersweet varieties require isolation


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