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Black Aztec

Zea mays
HOW TO GROW CORN, FLOUR

Corn takes about 14 days to emerge from 50°F soils but only about 5 days to emerge at 70°F. Plant about mid May in the Midwestern U.S., as early as mid April in milder climates. Can direct seed as early as mid February with row cover in mild temperate climates. In regions with short growing seasons, start indoors two plants per cell 3-4 weeks before last frost, plant out after frost. Some soak seeds in water tepid for an hour or two before planting. If cool and wet, plant shallow 1 to 1-1/2”. If hot and dry plant 2–3”. Plant in blocks to ensure the best wind pollination. Do not soak seeds before sowing. Open pollinated corn varies more than hybrid corn. Soil pH 5.8-7.0. Hardiness zones 4-8. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 120–156 seeds per ounce, about 10–15 pounds per acre. Federal germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 5-10 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 2 miles.

Planting Depth 1-2”
Soil Temp. Germ. 55–65˚F
Days to Germ. 4-12
Plant Spacing 8”
Row Spacing 30”
Days To Maturity 70-90 days
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained

Black Aztec Seed Count
.25 Pound ≈ 621 seeds
1 Pound ≈ 2,483 seeds
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  • 100 Seeds$3.50
  • 1/4 Pound$10.50
  • 1 Pound$26.00
This beautiful black flour corn has its roots in the 1800s seed trade, originally grown and bred by the Aztecs over 2000 years ago. Black Aztec corn produces 7” ears on average, on about 6’ tall plants. When the ears turn blackish gray to black, they are mature. They can be harvested and dried to be ground into deli...
This beautiful black flour corn has its roots in the 1800s seed trade, originally grown and bred by the Aztecs over 2000 years ago. Black Aztec corn produces 7” ears on average, on about 6’ tall plants. When the ears turn blackish gray to black, they are mature. They can be harvested and dried to be ground into delicious corn meal. Tags: Type: Flour, Color: Black, Heritage: Heirloom.

Corn has been cultivated for at least 5,000 years probably originating in the lowlands of western Mexico. Maize geneticists believe that 90 percent of breeding work in corn had already been done by the time Columbus arrived to find large fields of corn being grown on the island of Hispaniola in 1492. Modern sweet corn most likely descends from flint corns of the northeastern U.S. The sweet corn gene (sugary1, su1) was selected by Native American in at least four additional locations: highlands of Peru, central plateau of Mexico, northwestern Mexico southwestern U.S. and the northern Great Plains. Corn types are sweet corn, starch, parch, flint, dent, popcorn and ornamental. Corn types are sweet corn, starch, parch, flint, dent, popcorn and ornamental.

Native Americans planted corn when the gooseberry bushes were almost in full leaf. They cultivated about 18” diameter, pulled up last year’s dead roots in the spring and formed a hill. Six to eight seeds were planted in the center 9”. Later more earth was hilled up to cover the roots to protect them from the summer sun. Hills were 4’, far enough part so the leaves of mature plants would not touch. Beans and squash were planted after the corn. Beans were planted diagonally between the corn hills across the whole field. Squash was planted in rows outside to separate from the neighbor’s field. Four squash seeds were planted in pairs into opposite sides of a 15” diameter hill.

Companions: squash, pole beans, sunflowers, pumpkins, peas, cucumbers, potatoes, marigold
Inhibitors: tomatoes

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  • Black Aztec corn, flour image####

Black Aztec

Zea mays
This beautiful black flour corn has its roots in the 1800s seed trade, originally grown and bred by the Aztecs over 2000 years ago. Black Aztec corn produces 7” ears on average, on about 6’ tall plants. When the ears turn blackish gray to black, they are mature...
This beautiful black flour corn has its roots in the 1800s seed trade, originally grown and bred by the Aztecs over 2000 years ago. Black Aztec corn produces 7” ears on average, on about 6’ tall plants. When the ears turn blackish gray to black, they are mature. They can be harvested and dried to be ground into delicious corn meal. Tags: Type: Flour, Color: Black, Heritage: Heirloom.

Corn has been cultivated for at least 5,000 years probably originating in the lowlands of western Mexico. Maize geneticists believe that 90 percent of breeding work in corn had already been done by the time Columbus arrived to find large fields of corn being grown on the island of Hispaniola in 1492. Modern sweet corn most likely descends from flint corns of the northeastern U.S. The sweet corn gene (sugary1, su1) was selected by Native American in at least four additional locations: highlands of Peru, central plateau of Mexico, northwestern Mexico southwestern U.S. and the northern Great Plains. Corn types are sweet corn, starch, parch, flint, dent, popcorn and ornamental. Corn types are sweet corn, starch, parch, flint, dent, popcorn and ornamental.

Native Americans planted corn when the gooseberry bushes were almost in full leaf. They cultivated about 18” diameter, pulled up last year’s dead roots in the spring and formed a hill. Six to eight seeds were planted in the center 9”. Later more earth was hilled up to cover the roots to protect them from the summer sun. Hills were 4’, far enough part so the leaves of mature plants would not touch. Beans and squash were planted after the corn. Beans were planted diagonally between the corn hills across the whole field. Squash was planted in rows outside to separate from the neighbor’s field. Four squash seeds were planted in pairs into opposite sides of a 15” diameter hill.

Companions: squash, pole beans, sunflowers, pumpkins, peas, cucumbers, potatoes, marigold
Inhibitors: tomatoes

Learn More
HOW TO GROW CORN, FLOUR

Corn takes about 14 days to emerge from 50°F soils but only about 5 days to emerge at 70°F. Plant about mid May in the Midwestern U.S., as early as mid April in milder climates. Can direct seed as early as mid February with row cover in mild temperate climates. In regions with short growing seasons, start indoors two plants per cell 3-4 weeks before last frost, plant out after frost. Some soak seeds in water tepid for an hour or two before planting. If cool and wet, plant shallow 1 to 1-1/2”. If hot and dry plant 2–3”. Plant in blocks to ensure the best wind pollination. Do not soak seeds before sowing. Open pollinated corn varies more than hybrid corn. Soil pH 5.8-7.0. Hardiness zones 4-8. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 120–156 seeds per ounce, about 10–15 pounds per acre. Federal germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 5-10 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 2 miles.

Planting Depth 1-2”
Soil Temp. Germ. 55–65˚F
Days to Germ. 4-12
Plant Spacing 8”
Row Spacing 30”
Days To Maturity 70-90 days
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained

Black Aztec Seed Count
.25 Pound ≈ 621 seeds
1 Pound ≈ 2,483 seeds

Meet Your Farmer

We promote fair trade, organic practices and environmental responsibility throughout the Restoration Seeds supply chain. Below are the family farmers and seed suppliers who bring our open pollinated seeds to you.

Madrona Seeds Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth Seed grower since 2017
Madrona Seeds is a seed and produce partnership growing on 4.5 acres in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. Our seed is organic and open-pollinated. We believe that as stewards of the Earth, it is our responsibility to maintain the health of the soil as we grow each plant.
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