Zea mays ( Rio Lucio Blue Corn )

Grown in the village of Rio Lucio, New Mexico at 8,000 feet elevation. A good short season, flour corn. Originally domesticated by Mesoamericans, it is a staple food with many other traditional uses. Home gardeners love to grow corn, and there are many varieties suited to different climates. Plant seeds 1 inch deep in rows or clumps, two weeks after the last frost date. Corn needs rich soil, full sun and adequate moisture to produce good ears. It is wind pollinated, so if you want to save seed, you will need to either stagger the planting time of different varieties, or plant them 1/4 mile apart. Water deeply.

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Characteristics

Cultivar: Rio Lucio Blue  
Family: Poaceae  
Size: Height: 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Width: 2 ft. to 2 ft.  
Plant Category: annuals and biennials, edibles,  
Plant Characteristics: seed start,  
Foliage Characteristics: coarse leaves,  
Flower Characteristics:  
Flower Color:  
Tolerances: heat & humidity,  


Requirements


Bloomtime Range: Mid Summer to Mid Summer  
USDA Hardiness Zone: undefined  
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant  
Light Range: Sun to Full Sun  
pH Range: 5.5 to 7.5  
Soil Range: Sandy Loam to Clay Loam  
Water Range: Normal to Moist  


Plant Care

Fertilizing

How-to : Fertilization for Annuals and Perennials

Annuals and perennials may be fertilized using: 1.water-soluble, quick release fertilizers; 2. temperature controlled slow-release fertilizers; or 3. organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion. Water soluble fertilizers are generally used every two weeks during the growing season or per label instructions. Controlled, slow-release fertilizers are worked into the soil ususally only once during the growing season or per label directions. For organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion, follow label directions as they may vary per product.

Light

Conditions : Light Conditions

Unless a site is completely exposed, light conditions will change during the day and even during the year. The northern and eastern sides of a house receive the l