Growing Popcorn

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Daycare Mom, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    Ok, we really love popcorn. White popcorn to be specific.
    Being that we have more time than money, we thought we would try to grow our own. So before we bought the seeds we tried to grow some from the bag from the grocery store.
    I put it in a ziploc bag with a damp papertowel and the sprouted! Guess what we will be planting in the garden this spring? Yippee free seeds! Who knew? Just thought I'd share! [​IMG]
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    cool!
     
  3. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Ohhhh I love to grow popcorn!!!
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    then what do you do...just dry it on the cob?...
     
  5. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    Quote:Yes, you dry it on the cob, pull back the husk and hang up by the husk, until it is the right moisture content (DH's job) then remove it from the cob and store in air tight containers.
     
  6. Jen4

    Jen4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
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    [​IMG] Cool idea, wish we would have thought about that, we just bought seeds to plant for popcorn. I cant wait!
     
  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    if i plant them next to my sweet corn will it cross pollinate and mess up my sweet corn? if so..i'll have to find a differant spot for them..i wanna try it!...
     
  8. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grandmother always grew her own popcorn. The cobs were kind of smallish and the kernels were red. She grew a lot of different things.
     
  9. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    Quote:My hubby's grandpa used to grow it too. Thats why we thought it would be fun. That and we eat a ton of it!
     
  10. ChevygirlBeth

    ChevygirlBeth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oooh! I am hoping to grow some popcorn this year, too! I have never grown it before, but I can't wait to try it! I make a lot of popcorn - mostly my own kettle corn, so I thought it would be worthwhile. [​IMG]
     

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