We at Petcher Seeds are offering you our very best by giving you the opportunity to pioneer with an ancient crop not typically grown in the U.S. Teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis) is an ancestor of the corn (Zea mays ssp. mays) we grow today. Presently there are less than 300 acres grown in the U.S.

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If you are looking for high yielding corn, you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for an excellent feed for Dove, Turkey and Quail? We suggest you try this. There is a great possibility that ducks will thrive on this plant as well. Teosinte provides cover that birds love, however deer and rabbits will also enjoy its cover. Teosinte is a hard-seeded grain and will reseed itself each year. Simply wait until the following Spring, lightly till the soil, and Teosinte seed will sprout and produce a wildlife crop for many years to come.

Planting Guide

Teosinte prefers well-drained, sandy loam. Ideal pH is between 5.8 and 6.8, with an ideal soil temperature of 65 °F. The seed is best planted between April and July, at a depth between 1/4" and 1 inch. It will take a total of 120 lbs. of Nitrogen; 30 lbs. at planting and then another 90 lbs. at sidedness time. Also add 60 lbs. of Phosphorus and 80 lbs. of Potash. Teosinte will grow similarly to most corn crops.


Here’s what you can expect when you plant Petcher Seeds’ Teosinte.

Scientific Name:

Zea mays L.

Seed Count:

10,000 seed / LB.


Teosinte can be planted from April through July.

Planting Rate:

10 LBs. / acre