Shaman’s Blue popcorn is a variety of popcorn that is known for its unique, blue-colored kernels. The color of the kernels is due to a genetic mutation that causes the production of a blue pigment called anthocyanin, which is also found in other blue or purple fruits and vegetables like blueberries or eggplant.
Shaman’s Blue popcorn is a non-hybrid, open-pollinated variety, meaning that it can be saved and planted again the following year. It is a tall plant, usually growing between 6-8 feet tall and having large ears.
It is typically planted in the late spring or early summer and takes around 100 days to reach maturity. To grow Shaman’s Blue popcorn, you will need to start by preparing your soil. Popcorn prefers well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. The seeds should be planted in a sunny location, in rows about 2-3 inches deep, about 8-12 inches apart. Water the seeds regularly, keeping the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged.
Once the plants are established, they don’t require much care. Keep an eye out for pests and diseases, such as corn borers, earworms, and fungal leaf spot, which can damage your plants and reduce yields.
When the ears are fully mature, usually around 100 days, you can harvest them and pop them to enjoy the unique blue color of the popcorn. It is important to note that although the popcorn kernels are blue, when popped, the popcorn will be white like any other popcorn.