Sweet corn must be grown in full sun, where shelter
from strong winds is provided. It is not too particular about
the soil, although it hates clay. Because sweet corn sends down
deep roots, it prefers a deeply dug bed.
Sweet corn are very easy to look after once they have
germinated successfully. They appreciate a good watering
especially when they are in flower. They also appreciate being
fed at fortnightly intervals with fertilisers designed for
tomatoes (i.e. not too high in nitrogen, but high in
If the plants are at all exposed to wind, it helps greatly to
pile up earth around the base of the stems - this will
encourage more supporting roots to grow just below ground
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New! AW08 Six Shooter Corn
Very old variety that shoots out as many as six good ears of
corn on a single stalk. Solid, meaty, tender, small kernels of
excellent flavor. Excellent for freezing. Grows on tall,
vigorous stalks. Ear is slender and narrow, with 10 rows of
white corn. 80 days.
New! AW09 Giant Silo Corn
Grow incredible corn stalks 12-15 ft. tall with huge ears of
corn. People will slow down as they pass by to marvel at this
giant corn! This is a silo type corn used for livestock feed,
it also is a wonderful wildlife food. Will grow 5 times the
amount of normal corn, there have been reports of 40-50 tons
per acre! Great fodder producer.
TST050 Sugar Pearl F1
An early white, sugary enhanced (se+) variety.
Long, fancy, tapered ears have sparkling white kernels. Excellent eating quality and tip cover. The cool soil germination is average.
TST051 Heirloom Cherokee Gourdseed Corn
An old Southern dent corn called gourdseed because of it's flat, cream-colored kernels that resemble skinny pumpkin seeds, some Native Americans referred to them as "teeth". This is a soft-kernelled, late-maturing variety with rich flavor. Its silky texture is ideal for dumplings, puddings, flat breads and even pound cake, provided it's sifted well.
Vigorous 10-12 ft. stalks bear 1-2 big, fat ears with long, white kernels that shell easily. 2½ in. wide ears average 6-8 inches long, 22 rows per ear.
From the Qualls family in Virginia via Sand Hill Preservation Center and SESE.
TST027 Silver King White
Tender, flavor-full kernels, 8" to the tip, sugar enhanced, very disease resistant, 84 days.
TST095 Silver Queen White
Silver Queen is the popular late-season variety with tenderness and flavor worth waiting for. Large ears, 8 to 9" long, have 14-16 rows of white kernels, and plants grow to 8 ft. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability, it's ready to harvest in 92 days. Garden-fresh sweet corn is summer's greatest pleasure. 84 days.
TST096 Incredible SE
A truly gourmet sweet corn for home gardens, fresh market, roadside stands and shipping. This homozygous SE gene renders superb eating. Ears are 9-1/2 inches long with 18 rows of yellow kernels with good husk protection and flag leaves. The name says it all.
Has immunity to common rust and maize dwarf mosaic. 85 days.
TST105 Black Mexican
Also know as Mexican Sweet and Black Iroquois. White in early milk stage, maturing to blackish blue. Old heirloom dating back to 1864. Despite its name, it appears to have originated in upper NY, and was probably derived from Iroquois Black Puckers. The name may have been given by a seed company trying to give novelty to its seed offerings, a practice not uncommon in the late 1800s.
The kernels, white at milk stage, change to bluish-black in the late milk stage. Exceptional flavor. 5½ ft. plants. 7½ x 1½ in. ears, typically with 8 rows of kernels. Harvest several days before kernels show color to several days afterwards.
Though adapted to New England, it does well as an early-to-mid-season crop further South. 76 days.
5015 Golden Bantam
Old heirloom standard yellow sweet corn that has been the home gardener's favorite since the beginning of the 20th century. A farmer named William Chambers of Greenfield,
Massachusetts had grown this variety for years. After his death, a friend of Chambers
found some of the sweet corn seeds and sold them to W. Atlee Burpee.
In 1902, Golden Bantam was featured in a Burpee catalog. Before 1900 most people
thought that yellow corn was fit only for animal feed. Within a few years, people in the
United States began to favor yellow corn.
The plants grow to about six feet and produce seven inch ears loaded with eight rows of
sweet, plump, golden kernels. 78 days.
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