Corn, Hop McConnell Speckled
- Ears produce either red, white, or striped kernels
- Plants grow to 12 feet
- Dent corn
This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.
Corn, Hop McConnell Speckled Description
This seed was donated to Seed Savers Exchange by Fred Peirson. During the early part of the 20th century Hop McConnell Speckled corn was commonly grown in the area of Scott County, Virginia where Peirson grew up. His parents grew this variety and used the all-white ears for cornmeal and hominy.
The corn is named for Wade Hopkins (Hop) McConnell who operated a general store in the area and introduced this unique corn to local farmers.
Corn, or maize, is thought to have been domesticated by the Olmec and Mayans and trade helped to spread the crop through much of the Americas by 2500 BCE. Corn and maize spread throughout the world after European explorers and traders brought it home with them.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into soil 2-3 weeks after the last spring frost when the soil has warmed.
Space your seeds 3-6 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Instead of growing this crop in rows, plant it in a block which will help with pollination. Plant your seeds around 1 inch deep.
Make sure that your soil is well fertilized as this crop is a heavy feeder and takes a lot of nutrients from the soil. Consider adding compost to the soil the year before you plant.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.