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Mexican Teosinte

Zea mexicana

Belonging to the Zea genus, Mexican Teosinte has a botanical name of Zea mexicana.

Contrary to popular literature, this variety of teosinte does not grow tillers. This variety of teosinte grows very tall, and with only one main stalk. It’s growth habit near maturity is strikingly close to modern corn. It may be one ancient parent that led to the development of modern corn.

Mexican Teosinte grows as an annual and is a grass. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Mexican Teosinte is known for its grass habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.87 metres (6.08 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid autumn, followed by first harvests in late autumn.

Mexico is believed to be where Mexican Teosinte originates from.

Mexican Teosinte needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

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How to grow Mexican Teosinte

Care for just like Corn (Maize). Grows just like Maize.

Keep in mind when planting that Mexican Teosinte is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Mexican Teosinte to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Mexican Teosinte from seed

Don’t plant seeds too deeply, or in too cold/wet soil.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 3.25 feet (1.00 metres) and sow at a depth of around 3.9 inches (10.0 cm).

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Mexican Teosinte about 1 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Mexican Teosinte

As Mexican Teosinte is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out (around 10°C / 50°F as a guideline) - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Mexican Teosinte

Try to start as early as possible. Possibly start indoors, and transplant outside after day of last frost.

Seed Saving Mexican Teosinte

Try hand pollinating this plant as early as possible.

Common Mexican Teosinte problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Mexican Teosinte plants:

Other names for Mexican Teosinte

Zea mays ssp. mexicana

Mexican Teosinte care instructions

How long does Mexican Teosinte take to grow?

These estimates for how long Mexican Teosinte takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!

When should I plant Mexican Teosinte?

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