Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How to save corn seeds for next year

How to save corn seeds for next year:

In this blog I hope to show and teach you how to save your own corn seeds to plant in you next years garden! Lets get started.

Step 1: Choose the most producing, best looking corn plants and allow the cob to remain on the corn plant past maturity. (I left mine on as long as possible, until the whole plant was dead)

Step 2: Remove the corn cob off the plant and pull the husk back and allow it to further dry. (If you have the space just let them sit for about a month or two)

Step 3: Dekernel the corn cob. (This is a fun step to do with your wife or kids!)

(The best way to do this is grab the corn cob with both hands and use one hand to hold it and twist the other hand, rolling the kernels off the cob)

Step 4: (Optional) Test the kernels to see if they are viable, Take 4 or 5 random kernels and use these for an average test. first get a napkin and wet it and wring it out so it is damp then place the kernels inside of the napkin and fold the napkin once and place the napkin with the kernels inside in a ziplock bag, Check on your kernels in a few days to make sure the napkin is still damp.If your seeds are viable they should sprout in 7-10 days! (As shown in picture)

Step 5: Place kernels in paper bag and store in a cool dry place until next spring. ( The bottom of the fridge is a good place)

Step 6: Plant some corn in spring!