Ornamental Corn Pink Zebra. Stunning as an ornamental plant. This is an heirloom which was first listed in the 1890’s as Striped-Leafed Japanese Maize. The unusual variegated leaves are striped with green, white, yellow, and hot pink. The tassels are dark purple and the kernels are burgundy red. Growing 4-6 feet tall, this beauty has deep purple, almost black popcorn kernels. It makes a magnificent and edible Halloween or Thanksgiving decoration. Can be grown in containers and are especially striking when paired with brightly coloured petunias or sweet potato vines.
Very easy to grow. Direct seed in garden after the soil has thoroughly warmed in the spring, covering seed lightly with soil. Keep moist until all seedlings appear. For earlier flowers start seeds indoors 3 o 4 weeks in advance of intended date for moving plants to the garden. Germinates best at 21 C (72 F) usually in 7 to 21 days. Reduce temperature after seeds sprout to 15 C (60 F). Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 1 m (36 in) apart.