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Teosinte

Zea mays ssp. parviglumis
HOW TO GROW TEOSINTE

Plant Teosinte as you would corn. Fertilize and treat like corn. Teosinte is a hard seeded grain and will reseed itself each year. Simply wait until the following spring and lightly till the soil and Teosinte seed will sprout and produce a wildlife crop for many years to come. You may consider planting 10 lb of Sunn Hemp with 5 lb. Teosinte with zero fertilizer. Both are reseeding and will come back the next year. For wildlife consider planting long narrow strips along woodland edges. Or plant along field borders intended for dove shoots. Soil pH 5.8-7.0. Hardiness zones 4-8. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 556 seeds per ounce. Average 15 lb per acre. There is no Federal germination for teosinte. 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. 4-14
Plant Spacing 8”
Row Spacing 30”
Days To Maturity 80-100
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained

Teosinte Seed Count
.25 Pound ≈ 2,224 seeds
1 Pound ≈ 8,894 seeds
5 Pounds ≈ 44,470 seeds
25 Pounds ≈ 222m seeds
  • 150 Seeds$4.10
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  • 1 Pound$31.01
  • 5 Pounds$96.90
  • 25 Pounds$403.75

All but the Nicaraguan species of teosinte may grow in or very near corn fields, providing opportunities for introgression between teosinte and maize. First- and later-generation hybrids are often found in the fields, but the rate of gene exchange is quite low. Some populations of Zea mays mexicana display Vavilo...

All but the Nicaraguan species of teosinte may grow in or very near corn fields, providing opportunities for introgression between teosinte and maize. First- and later-generation hybrids are often found in the fields, but the rate of gene exchange is quite low. Some populations of Zea mays mexicana display Vavilovian mimicry within cultivated maize fields, having evolved a maize-like form as a result of the farmers' selective weeding pressure. In some areas of Mexico, teosintes are regarded by maize farmers as a noxious weed, while in a few areas farmers regard it as a beneficial companion plant, and encourage its introgression into their maize.

Excellent feed for Dove, Turkey and Quail. Birds love this crop, teosinte provides cover and feed that birds love. The plant looks and is very similar to corn. Instead of a single stalk producing several ears with a cob and kernels, Teosinte makes a tall stalk with many branches and will produce a cloister of seed on each leaf node. Teosinte kernels look similar to small pebbles which shatter out slowly over a long period of time providing an average of 800 lbs. of seed per acre.

Tags: Color: Purple Black, Specialty: Forage Crop, Heritage: Heirloom, Season: Summer.

Zea mays is divided into four subspecies: huehuetenangensis, mexicana, parviglumis, and mays. The first three subspecies are teosintes; the last is maize, or corn, the only domesticated taxon in the genus Zea. The name teosinte comes from Náhuatl language of Mexico and it has been suggested that its meaning is maize (centli) of the gods (teo). Teosinte is the common name that applies to four botanical species: huehuetenangensis, mexicana, parviglumis.

Zea mays L. ssp. parviglumis is found at elevations between about 1,300–5,900’ (400–1800 m) above sea level in the valleys along the western escarpment of Mexico from Nayarit to Oaxaca. At lower, warmer elevations than ssp. mexicana, it takes about 6-7 months to mature its seed. Plant height ranges from 2–5 m. The plants typically have green to weak red, glabrous leaf sheaths. The name "parviglumis" means small glume, referring to the small (5-8 mm) tassel spikelets. It has similarly small fruitcases (~30-80 mg). This subspecies is also typified by a large number of tassel branches, usually more than 20 and exceeding 100 in the most robust plants. The fruitcases are ± triangular in outline. Populations are distributed along and east-west axis from Oaxaca to Jalisco. Populations in the center of this range in the Balsas river drainage are known as Race Balsas or Balsas teosinte. English common name: Mexican annual teosinte.

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Teosinte

Zea mays ssp. parviglumis

All but the Nicaraguan species of teosinte may grow in or very near corn fields, providing opportunities for introgression between teosinte and maize. First- and later-generation hybrids are often found in the fields, but the rate of gene exchange is quite l...

All but the Nicaraguan species of teosinte may grow in or very near corn fields, providing opportunities for introgression between teosinte and maize. First- and later-generation hybrids are often found in the fields, but the rate of gene exchange is quite low. Some populations of Zea mays mexicana display Vavilovian mimicry within cultivated maize fields, having evolved a maize-like form as a result of the farmers' selective weeding pressure. In some areas of Mexico, teosintes are regarded by maize farmers as a noxious weed, while in a few areas farmers regard it as a beneficial companion plant, and encourage its introgression into their maize.

Excellent feed for Dove, Turkey and Quail. Birds love this crop, teosinte provides cover and feed that birds love. The plant looks and is very similar to corn. Instead of a single stalk producing several ears with a cob and kernels, Teosinte makes a tall stalk with many branches and will produce a cloister of seed on each leaf node. Teosinte kernels look similar to small pebbles which shatter out slowly over a long period of time providing an average of 800 lbs. of seed per acre.

Tags: Color: Purple Black, Specialty: Forage Crop, Heritage: Heirloom, Season: Summer.

Zea mays is divided into four subspecies: huehuetenangensis, mexicana, parviglumis, and mays. The first three subspecies are teosintes; the last is maize, or corn, the only domesticated taxon in the genus Zea. The name teosinte comes from Náhuatl language of Mexico and it has been suggested that its meaning is maize (centli) of the gods (teo). Teosinte is the common name that applies to four botanical species: huehuetenangensis, mexicana, parviglumis.

Zea mays L. ssp. parviglumis is found at elevations between about 1,300–5,900’ (400–1800 m) above sea level in the valleys along the western escarpment of Mexico from Nayarit to Oaxaca. At lower, warmer elevations than ssp. mexicana, it takes about 6-7 months to mature its seed. Plant height ranges from 2–5 m. The plants typically have green to weak red, glabrous leaf sheaths. The name "parviglumis" means small glume, referring to the small (5-8 mm) tassel spikelets. It has similarly small fruitcases (~30-80 mg). This subspecies is also typified by a large number of tassel branches, usually more than 20 and exceeding 100 in the most robust plants. The fruitcases are ± triangular in outline. Populations are distributed along and east-west axis from Oaxaca to Jalisco. Populations in the center of this range in the Balsas river drainage are known as Race Balsas or Balsas teosinte. English common name: Mexican annual teosinte.

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HOW TO GROW TEOSINTE

Plant Teosinte as you would corn. Fertilize and treat like corn. Teosinte is a hard seeded grain and will reseed itself each year. Simply wait until the following spring and lightly till the soil and Teosinte seed will sprout and produce a wildlife crop for many years to come. You may consider planting 10 lb of Sunn Hemp with 5 lb. Teosinte with zero fertilizer. Both are reseeding and will come back the next year. For wildlife consider planting long narrow strips along woodland edges. Or plant along field borders intended for dove shoots. Soil pH 5.8-7.0. Hardiness zones 4-8. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 556 seeds per ounce. Average 15 lb per acre. There is no Federal germination for teosinte. 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. 4-14
Plant Spacing 8”
Row Spacing 30”
Days To Maturity 80-100
Full Sun, Moist Well Drained

Teosinte Seed Count
.25 Pound ≈ 2,224 seeds
1 Pound ≈ 8,894 seeds
5 Pounds ≈ 44,470 seeds
25 Pounds ≈ 222m seeds
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