The Fascinating World of the Pop Corn Plant: How it Grows, Where it Comes From, and Its Varieties


If you’re wondering what a Pop Corn Plant is, let us tell you all about it. The Pop Corn Plant, also known as Cassia didymobotrya, is a beautiful shrub that bears striking bright orange flowers. What makes this plant unique is that its flowers contain small black seeds that resemble popcorn. Hence the name, Pop Corn Plant!

Growing a Pop Corn Plant is a simple and healthy way to add some color to your garden. You could start by searching on Google for some tips on how to grow this plant. These plants are ours and, although ours is an M-F Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 9, they could be grown in zones 7-9.

When planting your Pop Corn Plant, make sure to choose a well-drained soil and a spot where it can receive plenty of sunlight. It’s important to water it regularly, especially during the growing season. The plants can grow up to 8 feet in height and take about 9 weeks to fully develop.

Once the plant is established, it will start producing loads of blooms. The flowers will have open silks above the leaves, which contain the pollen needed for pollination. To ensure a good harvest, you may need to hand-pollinate the flowers or isolate them to prevent cross-pollination.

After the flowers are pollinated, they will begin to form ears of corn. These ears will continue to grow until they reach a height of about 5 inches. When the ears are fully developed, the silks at the top will turn brown and the kernels will become hard. This is the perfect time to harvest your popcorn!

To keep your popcorn fresh, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place. You can pop your home-grown popcorn just like traditional popcorn. Simply heat some oil in a pan, add the kernels, and cover the pan. Within a few minutes, you’ll have a delicious and healthy snack!

So why not give the Pop Corn Plant a try? With a little bit of care and patience, you can enjoy the beauty of these unique flowers and even have your own home-grown popcorn!

Growing popcorn in home gardens

Growing popcorn in home gardens is a fun and rewarding way to enjoy a healthy and delicious snack right from your own backyard. While popcorn may be typically associated with movie theaters and microwave bags, it is actually quite easy to grow your own popcorn plants at home. With just a bit of care and attention, you can have homegrown popcorn that rivals the taste and quality of store-bought varieties.

Choosing the right popcorn variety

When it comes to growing popcorn, it’s important to choose the right variety that is suited to your growing zone. Popcorn plants are typically longer and produce more leaves compared to sweet corn plants. It’s best to visit a local garden center or check online for reputable seed retailers that offer different varieties of popcorn seeds. Look for established growers or retail stores that specialize in popcorn seeds to ensure you are getting high-quality seeds that will grow into healthy popcorn plants.

Planting and care

Popcorn plants can be grown either indoors or directly in the garden, but they need a full sun exposure and well-drained soil. If you have a short growing season, starting the plants indoors several weeks before the last frost date can help ensure a longer growing season for your popcorn. Plant the seeds according to the package instructions, usually about an inch deep and 9 inches apart. Water the seedlings regularly, ensuring the soil is evenly moist but not waterlogged.

Once the danger of frost has passed, you can transplant the seedlings into your garden. Make sure to isolate your popcorn plants from other corn varieties to prevent cross-pollination and maintain the purity of the popcorn kernels. Hand-pollinate the plants by collecting the pollen from the tassels and applying it to the silks of the ears. Label your popcorn plants to keep track of the different varieties if you are growing multiple types.

Popcorn plants will start to produce flowers within four to six weeks after planting. When the plants are around 4 feet tall and the silk turns brown, it’s a sign that the popcorn is nearly ready to harvest. Test a few kernels by popping them in the microwave or on the stovetop to ensure they pop fully and have a good taste. If the popcorn is ready, continue to water the plants regularly until the leaves start to dry out and the cobs turn golden brown.

Harvesting and storing

To harvest your popcorn, simply twist the ears gently until they break away from the stalks. Allow the cobs to dry naturally indoors for about a week. When the cobs are fully dry, use your fingers or a corn sheller to remove the kernels from the ears. Store the kernels in airtight containers in a cool and dry place, such as a pantry or cellar, to maintain their freshness and flavor.

With proper care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of homegrown popcorn that will have your friends and family begging for more. Remember to save some seeds from your best-performing plants for next year’s garden, and before you know it, you’ll be a seasoned popcorn grower with loads of delicious popcorn to enjoy!

Pop Corn Plant

The Pop Corn Plant, also known as Cassia, is a popular plant in gardens. It is a crop that can grow up to eight feet tall and produces beautiful yellow flowers. The flowers have silk-like petals and give off a sweet fragrance.

In order to keep the Pop Corn Plant healthy, it is important to plant it in well-drained soil. It is also important to water the plant regularly, especially during the dry season. The Pop Corn Plant is resistant to most pests and diseases, but it is best to keep an eye out for any signs of rust or earworms.

The Pop Corn Plant can be grown indoors, though it is better suited for outdoor gardens. It is a low-maintenance plant that only needs to be watered once every five to seven days. It is also a fast-growing plant, with blooms appearing within seven to eight weeks after being planted.

If you would like to start growing your own Pop Corn Plant, you can find seeds or plants through mail-order or visit a local garden center. Pop Corn Plants are typically planted in early spring or late fall, before the first frost. They prefer to be planted in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.

Care and Harvesting

Once your Pop Corn Plant is established, it requires minimal care. In the first year, you may need to water it more frequently until it becomes more mature. It is also important to provide support for the plant as it can become top-heavy.

The Pop Corn Plant is ready to harvest when the popcorn kernels are firm and mature. The kernels are typically enclosed within a plastic-like covering called the “ear”. To harvest, simply hand-pick the ears and remove the kernels. It is recommended to shake the ears to remove any excess pollen.

Pop Corn Plants can continue to bloom throughout the season, providing a beautiful display of yellow flowers. The flowers attract bees and other pollinators, making them a great addition to any garden.

Pop Corn Plant Facts

Here are some interesting facts about the Pop Corn Plant:

  • The scientific name of the Pop Corn Plant is Senna didymobotrya.
  • The plant is native to tropical climes, but it can be grown in most regions.
  • Pop Corn Plants have been used traditionally for their medicinal properties.
  • They are often referred to as “popcorn plants” because the flowers resemble popped corn.
  • The plant is also known by other names, such as Popcorn Cassia and Popcorn Senna.

For more information on how to grow and care for the Pop Corn Plant, you can visit a local garden center or search online for gardening resources.

Popcorn Cassia Information: What Is Popcorn Cassia?

Popcorn Cassia, also known as Senna didymobotrya, is a great addition to any garden. This plant is native to East Africa and is known for its beautiful appearance and unique popcorn-like flowers. Although it is often referred to as a cassia, it is not a true cassia. Popcorn Cassia plants are actually members of the Senna genus.

Popcorn Cassia is a perennial plant that has a longer flowering season compared to other plants. The flowers appear in clusters and are bright yellow in color. The flowers have silky petals that rise above the leaves, giving the plant its popcorn-like appearance. The leaves of the Popcorn Cassia plant are attractive and add to its overall beauty.

Popcorn Cassia plants are great growers and can reach a height of 5 to 9 feet. They are easy to grow and can tolerate a variety of soil types as long as it is well-drained. Popcorn Cassia plants prefer full sun and can be grown in USDA Zones 9 and above.

One of the reasons for the popularity of Popcorn Cassia is its ability to attract bees and other pollinators. The bright yellow flowers produce pollen that is loved by bees. This makes Popcorn Cassia a great plant to have in your garden if you want to support pollinators.

Planting and Growing Popcorn Cassia:

Popcorn Cassia plants can be grown from seeds, but they require some specific steps for successful germination. The seeds should be scarified or soaked in hot water for a few hours before planting. This helps to break the seed coat and allows for better water absorption.

Once the seeds are ready, they can be planted in well-drained soil. It is important to keep the soil consistently moist during the germination process. Germination usually takes about 10-14 days.

Popcorn Cassia plants are relatively low-maintenance once they are established. Deep watering once a week is usually sufficient for mature plants. Mulching around the base of the plant can help to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Fertilizing is not necessary, but a slow-release fertilizer can be applied in early spring to promote healthy growth.

Harvesting and Storage:

The cobs of the Popcorn Cassia plant contain small kernel-like seeds. These seeds can be harvested when they are fully mature and have turned dark brown. The seeds can be popped like popcorn, hence the name “Popcorn Cassia.” Harvested seeds can be stored in a cool, dry place for future use.

Overall, Popcorn Cassia is a unique and beautiful plant that can add interest to any garden. Its long flowering season and attractiveness to pollinators make it a great choice for gardeners. If you want to attract bees and enjoy the beauty of popcorn-like flowers, consider growing Popcorn Cassia in your garden.

What is Popcorn Cassia

Popcorn Cassia is a type of flowering plant that is known for its deep orange blooms, which resemble kernels of popcorn. It is a great addition to any garden and can be grown both indoors and outdoors.

Information and Care

Growing Popcorn Cassia is relatively easy and requires minimal care. This plant thrives in well-drained soils and prefers full sun, although it can tolerate partial shade. It is important to water the plant regularly, especially during the growing season, but be sure not to overwater as this can lead to root rot.

Popcorn Cassia can reach a height of up to 8 feet, although in most climes it stays around 3-4 feet tall. It blooms from early to mid-summer and attracts bees and other pollinators with its vibrant flowers. The plant’s popularity is on the rise due to its beautiful blooms and low maintenance requirements.

Growing Steps

If you decide to grow Popcorn Cassia, here are some steps to follow:

  1. Start by purchasing a Popcorn Cassia plant from a nursery or a retail store. You can also order it online through mail-order.
  2. Choose a sunny location in your garden where the plant will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
  3. Make sure the soil is well-drained and amend it if necessary by adding organic matter.
  4. Plant the Popcorn Cassia according to the instructions on the label or sign.
  5. Water the plant regularly, especially during the growing season. Aim for about an inch of water per week.
  6. Provide support for the plant if needed, as it may become top-heavy when fully grown.
  7. Monitor the plant for any signs of pests or diseases, such as rust or resistant growth.
  8. Harvest any silks or seeds that develop, as they can be used to make popcorn.
  9. (Optional) To isolate the plant, you could remove any nearby weeds or competing plants that may hinder its growth.

With proper care and attention, you can enjoy the vibrant orange blooms of Popcorn Cassia in your garden or even grow it indoors as a decorative plant.

Note: While the flowers of Popcorn Cassia resemble kernels of popcorn, they do not actually contain edible popcorn. The plant gets its name from the visual similarity.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.