Jimmy Red Corn
Jimmy Red Corn is our favorite red field corn variety for homemade grits and corn meal. This improved version of the Bloody Butcher variety produces beautiful dark red ears. Heirloom and open-pollinated. 85/110 days to maturity. Zea mays. 1,400 seeds per lb.
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Jimmy Red Corn was originally cultivated by the Native Americans, but has since become a staple red field corn in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. It was made popular by chefs in South Carolina, where it is a favorite ingredient for corn meal, grits and delicious cornbread. It is similar to the traditional Bloody Butcher red corn, but with an improved flavor. Like most field corn varieties, Jimmy Red is yellow while in the milking stage. But it matures to a deep red color that adds beautiful red flakes to the ground product. Once ground, Jimmy Red Corn has a rich, sweet taste that is the gold standard for red corn. In addition to grinding, Jimmy Red is a great corn for roasting fresh. Plants have great vigor in a wide variety of growing conditions and produce two ears per stalk that are 10-12" in length.
Jimmy Red 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 Jimmy Red 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.
Jimmy Red 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 Resistance: None