Blue Hopi Corn is and heirloom field corn variety that produces full ears of smooth, blue kernels that mature to a deep, royal blue color. Blue Hopi was traditionally grown and cultivated by the Hopi Native Americans in Arizona. This heirloom field corn has beautiful color and exceptional flavor and texture once dried and ground. Blue Hopi Corn plants grow to 5-6′ tall and produce ears that are 8-10″ long. Blue Hopi produces long, deep taproots that make it extremely drought-tolerant and adaptable to a wide range of climates. It has a 30% higher protein content that other field corn varieties. Once dried and ground, it makes the best homemade tortillas, corn chips and cornbread.
Blue Hopi should be planted in the spring after the last frost date. Corn can be grown throughout the warmer months up until fall, as long as time is permitted for harvest before first frost. Succession planting is recommended with at least two plantings, one in early spring and one in late summer/early fall. Corn ear worm pressure will be greater in the warmer months, but this can be alleviated by applying spinosad to silks and tassels once they appear.
We recommend planting Blue Hopi using a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. Once plants emerge, thin plants to 8-12″ depending on adequate irrigation. If drip irrigation is used, in-row spacing may be as close as 8″. If water is scarce, a wider in-row spacing will be necessary. For pollination purposes, corn should be planted in a square plot with rows on 30-36″ spacing. Planting a few long rows will result in poor germination and absence of kernels on the cobs.
Blue Hopi Corn Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 8-12″
Row Spacing: 30-36″
Days to Maturity: 85/110
Disease Tolerance: None