Anyone tried germinating popcorn

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Anyone tried germinating popcorn

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Post: # 22198Unread post Whwoz
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:46 am

Most of the commercially available lots of popcorn seed here Down Under are only small and priced at top seed rates for us. Not duly worried about a specific variety at this stage, but if I could harvest baby corn from it as well it would be good. While going through our stocks in readiness for a raid on the Indian wholesalers that we normally go to, I came across a pack of popcorn and started wondering what would be the best way to check it for germination. Any suggestions appreciated.
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Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:13 am

I check any seeds for germination by placing 10 seeds on a very wet double thickness paper towel on a ceramic plate. I cover the seeds with another double thickness paper towel. I just keep the plate on my kitchen counter and make sure that it stays wet. In a few days I can see how many have sprouted and figure out my germination rate. 9 sprouted = 90%, 5 sprouted = 50%, etc.
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Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:13 pm

Thank you @brownrexx
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Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:24 am

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@brownrexx Tried doing this and very happy withe result. 25 seeds down on the 25/6, checked 29/6 and 12 (48%) clearly showing root, with a couple more looking likely to split if left a day or two more. Will be sowing several hundred of these to meet kids babycorn requirements me thinks. Thanks for the tip. Very happy at speed of germination.
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Post: # 23919Unread post Growing Coastal
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:04 am

Aren't you kind, Whwoz! Providing their every wish.

I grew some purple seeded pop corn a couple of times in containers with some success. That was a hulless sort and smaller than regular popped corn but so delicious! This year my daughter is growing it and shared her seeds with others.
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Post: # 23933Unread post Whwoz
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:57 am

@Growing Coastal that is what we try to do most times. We bring kids into this world, we have to look after them. That purple popcorn sounds interesting but to hard for me to get if not already here.
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