A picture of a Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn'

Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn'

Zea mays 'Strawberry'

Also known as

Strawberry Maize

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

50cm

1.5m

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn' Overview

A beautiful and interesting corn variety. Strawberry popcorn has attractive ruby red kernels, for decoration or popping for popcorn. When heated, the kernels will pop to make small to medium-sized popcorns.

Common problems with Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn'

Stemborer, earworms and grasshoppers as well as the pests tagged. Pick bugs off plants or cobs as soon as they appear.

Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn' Companion Plants

How to harvest Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn'

Leave the cobs on the plant until they are fully mature (about 4 months), otherwise, the popcorn may not pop. The silks should be brown and dry. Dry them indoors for a further 14 days. Store the whole corn till needed by plating the dried outer leaves of the cobs and hang it up in a dry shed.

How to propagate Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn'

Seed

Sowing time is best in Spring or early Summer. Space the seeds 25 - 35 cm apart in rows. Sowing depth best 40 - 50 mm deep. Germination time is 5 - 7 days.

Special features of Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn'

Crop rotation

Heavy feeder.

Pot plant

Needs a large container (half a wine barrel is a good choice).

Hedge plant

Effective fast grower that can serve as seasonal windbreak.

Other uses of Sweetcorn 'Strawberry Popcorn'

Edible

This popcorn has red kernels but when popped is a vivid white with some red centres that remain.