- Jan 17, 2021
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- Northern Ontario, Canada
I just rechecked the site I got it from, and it says 6 inch cobs on 5 foot plants? Which these are neither. I hope I wasn't sold the wrong variety! I do know for sure the kernels I planted looked like pink glass?Not necessarily. Nearly all miniature corns are popcorns*, but not all popcorns are miniature corns. there are plenty that are more "standard" sizes (including most of the ones grown professionally, since they want bigger kernels to make bigger popcorn.)
Though I have noticed that corn doesn't appear to have all of that smooth of a spectrum with regards to ear size. You get a cluster down at the "mini" level of about 6 inches and a cluster at the "standard" end at around 9-12 inches, but you don't find all that much in the middle (except when a standard ear comes out a bit undersized due to stress).
In the ornamental corn market (where most of the colorful corns have their major economic niche outside of specialist growers like us) I think this may be on purpose. They want all of the corn to be more or less the same length, so that, when they bind them into the standard groups of three ears for doors, the ends line up (I know that one of the major impediments I have in putting the ears I don't want kernels from back together to hang on the door is trying to find three that are the same length. That and trying to get the rubber band/wire back on correctly.)
*Well, except mine.