Painted Mountain

Eco Heirloom variety


Dry Field Corn. It is difficult to find a more beautiful food. The cobs, quite thin, 15-18 cm long, yield glossy seeds of almost all the colours of the rainbow, white, black, blue-black, yellow, orange, red, wine-red and violet. If the cobs are allowed to dry you can easily grind your own corn-flour. Eat them fresh, raw, boiled, roasted, barbecued or boiled as maize porridge. Painted Mountain comes from the mountains of Montana, USA and tolerates cool and windy weather better than most and givesa fully ripe crop very early, in fact among the earliest. The plant grows 150 cm tall. The cobs are used for decorations too. A portion contains about 25 seeds. MOFGA-certified seed. Ecologically grown seeds.



Product number:3090
Scientific name:Zea mays var. amylacea
Botanic family:The Grass Family - Poaceae
Days to maturity:85
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:Pre-cultivate: April–May
Sowing depth:3–5 cm
Plant spacing:20–30 cm
Row spacing:Single rows 70–80 cm, double rows 10–20 cm
Germination time:6–10 days
Height:180–250 cm
Plant location:Sun
Seeds/g:3–5 seeds
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice


Sow indoors or in a hotbed, about 4 cm deep, 4-6 weeks before planting outdoors and keep a temperature of around 25°C during germination. Lower the temperature after sprouting to prevent lanky seedlings. If the seed was scattered, pot on the plants to separate pots, when they have grown 5-10 cm tall.
Corn is affected by frost, so do not set out the plants outdoors until the risk of frost is over and the soil has warmed up. Corn can be sown directly outdoors in southerly, warm places in Central Sweden. The temperature of the soil must be at least 15°C otherwise untreated seeds will rot. Covering with fibre-cloth before and during sprouting raises the temperature a few degrees.


Keep 20-30 cm between the plants and 70-80 cm between the rows or cultivate in double rows of 10-15 cm between every second row.


Corn is ready for harvest when the silky threads have wilted, the cobs grown thick and blunt and the seeds are pale yellow. When pressing a nail into a grain of corn a somewhat viscous, milk-white juice emerges. 
Painted Mountain is a fast growing variety of field corn that usually manage to become fully mature here. If the corn is to be used for flour the cobs should be harvested as late as possible. 


Normally 3-5 seeds/g one portion yields 20-25 excellent seedlings for setting out. 200 g sows 100 m.  
A portion contains about 25 seeds.