'Hastings Prolific': An Heirloom Dent Corn Variety for Gardeners, Part 2


| 9/2/2016 9:53:00 AM


Tags: heirloom vegetables, heirloom gardening, corn, vegetable varieties, Fala Burnette, Alabama,

We recently wrote Part 1 of this article on 'Hastings’ Prolific' dent corn back in July, in order to help clear up rumors about this hard to find heirloom dent corn. Please refer to that article first if you have not already read it, as it gives a bit of the history on where the seeds originated from and how they have developed during the first 72 days after planting.

As we mentioned, there is not a lot of information about this corn available online other than old articles or people searching for the truth about its growth.

Collected Hastings Corn

Among one of the rumored claims, it was said that 'Hastings’ Prolific' averages 14 to 18 ears per stalk, which was proven false. In reality, this dent corn only puts out one to three ears per stalk. For stalks that only had one, the ears were very large and were 8 to 10 inches long. Stalks with more had smaller ears.

One thing that turned out to be true, however, was that the stalks grow to be between eight to 10 feet tall. They can actually grow taller than this, as our average stalk height was 10 feet. The tallest measured an astounding 14 feet tall!

Hastings Grows Tall




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