Japanese Hulless Popcorn
Why grow popcorn? When you can just get a super-convenient bag and microwave it? Almost like an art project, or a deliberate act of protest, the super-slow unfolding of a “quick” snack is a meditation on convenience culture. Or, if that’s too meta for you, this prolific variety is more tolerant of adverse conditions, and will give you more corn per square foot, than the typical sweet corns.
Sow corn either directly in the ground, or indoors if your winter is long.
Direct sow: Best for mild winters. Sow seeds directly into rich soil when all chance of frost has past and the weather is warming up in April or May.
Indoor sowing: Plant each seed in its own cell to minimize root disturbance on transplanting. Plant out in May or June when chance of frost has past.
For both methods, aim to have your final planting shaped like a block (rather than a row) with each plant spaced about a foot apart. Because corn is wind-pollinated, a block gives a better chance for pollen to reach flowers than a row, where it can blow away.
Harvest: Allow the ears to dry on the plant, and then store for fall and winter popcorn.