Corn True Gold – Seed just dried and fresh
An open pollinated corn that retains some of the original corn flavours but grows well in the cooler Tasmanian summer, still producing acceptable table corn in the cooler summers of 2019 and 2020. This line of True Gold has been carefully nurtured and improved by famous plant breeder Carol Deppe. Produces 1 to 2 cobs of 15 to 20 cm long depending on the summer.
Sow: late October to mid-December (cool climate). Sow 4 seeds to a hole and thin to strongest plant.
Spacing: 2 seeds to a hole, 20cm apart, rows 40 to 60cm
Most historians believe maize was domesticated in the Tehuacán Valley of Mexico. Recent research in the early 21st century has modified this view somewhat; scholars now indicate the adjacent Balsas River Valley of south-central Mexico as the center of domestication.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 22 to 30 C (around 7-10 days to germination), Germination can be erratic when soil temps drop due to cold fronts in a Tassie spring.