'Harmony' Grain Corn
Zea mays subsp. mays
Origin: Paradise, Utah
Improvement status: Landrace Cultivar
Seeds per packet: ~100
Germination tested 1/2022: 82%
Life cycle: Annual
A gem from Joseph Lofthouse, Landrace Seedsman, in high-altitude Paradise, Utah. Like all of Joseph's seeds, these are super resilient and contain a great diversity of genes. From Joseph:
"A joyful family reunion between a hybrid swarm of North American grain corns and a synthetic composite of 6 races of South American grain corns: Tuxpeno, Coastal Tropical Flint-Dent, Southern Cateto, Cuzco, Coroico, and high-altitude Andean. Harmony was developed to unify various diasporas of corn and to create a strong genetic base from which to conduct plant selection and breeding. Among the corns that I grow, this population most fully expresses mother maize's role as mother of life, teacher, problem solver, and sacred technologist. Contains flint, dent, flour, pop, and a small amount of sweet corn. Adapted to temperate growing conditions (and not day-length sensitive!). About 85 to 115 days to maturity to grain stage. High resistance to predation by birds and small mammals."
This variety carries the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) pledge, which states: “You have the freedom to use these OSSI-Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict other's use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives.” More information on OSSI can be found at osseeds.org.
GROWING TIPS: Plant about the time apple trees are flowering. Allow about 2.5 square feet per plant. (Thin to 1 foot spacing in rows 30" apart.) For best pollination, plant in blocks of multiple rows rather than single long rows.