European explorers first heard about popcorn from Native Americans, but there is proof that popcorn was really around long before that. Fossil corn pollen has been discovered in Mexico City seeing back 80,000 years! Whatever its origins and however long it has been around, popcorn is absolutely one of the most popular snack foods in America.
Popcorn is not only a delicious delight, shared by many families while watching a movie on television, growing it can also be an entertaining gardening activity – one that you might like to get the entire family involved in, particularly if you have kids.
At first, you will call for popcorn seeds. Seeds can be bought from most home gardening seed catalogues but it is also workable to use popcorn bought from your local store. If you do choose to buy your seeds from the store, make sure they are plain popcorn seeds and not a microwave brand. You cannot grow microwave popcorn. After you have your seeds, you will also call for a glass jar, paper towels, soil and water.
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Over the next few weeks, you should notice the seeds start to sprout and grow. If, at any time, the paper towels get too dry just add some water to wet them. As soon as the seeds have started to sprout, you can transfer them into a pot with soil. The soil should also be kept moist at all times.
Once the soil in the pot is completely warmed, the popcorn sprouts will be set for transfer to your garden. Before transferring the plant, however, be sure that risk of frost is totally gone. Wait no less than ten to fourteen days after the last spring frost before transferring your plant to your garden. It takes just about ninety days for a popcorn plant to grow completely.
The popcorn be supposed to remain in the garden until the stalks are brown and dry. After they are totally dry, cut off the ear by twisting and snapping the husk from the stalk. Then, you must cautiously take off the dried husk from each ear. Treat the seeds by spreading the ears out and placed in an area where they will have warm air circulating around them.
When the kernels have been curing for about a month, you can pop out the seeds from the ears only by twisting them until they drop out. Your homegrown popcorn is now all set for eating and you and your family are about to get a true delight. Whether you put an extraordinary topping on your popcorn or sticking to the traditional butter and salt topping, you can be in no doubt that this popcorn will be some of the best popcorn you’ve ever tasted!