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Zea Mays

This early heirloom sweet corn produces small, flavorful white ears on short plants adapted to mild northern and coastal summer climates. If left to mature past the sweet eating stage, the kernels turn dark purple for beautiful fall decorations.

Calendar Days to Harvest: 65

01018 Pack, Corn, Sweet, Hookers
50 seeds $ 3.49
  • Heirloom (Open Pollinated)
  • Size: 4 -5 feet plant, 5 -6 inch ears
  • Hardiness: Tender Annual
  • Easy to Grow: Yes
  • Sun: Full
  • Water: Moderate
  • Seed Planting Depth: 1.00"
  • Days to Germination: 6-12 days
  • Plant spacing within a row: 8"-12"
Start From Seed: Detailed instructions for direct seeding, or starting seeds indoors and transplanting.
Corn is most commonly direct seeded, but can also be started in cell trays indoors for better germination and an earlier crop. Corn seed will rot in cool soil, so wait until soil temperatures reach 60-65°F before direct seeding. Plant in blocks for optimum pollination, and sow every 2-3 weeks until midsummer for continuous harvests. Plant seeds 1 inch deep, 3-4 inches apart, allowing 36-48 inches between rows. Thin to one plant every 8-12 inches. To start seedlings indoors, fill 1-1/2 inch cell trays with a sterile seed starting mix. Plant 1 seed per cell, 1/2 inch deep. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 75-85°F. Transplant 3-4 week old seedlings outside after all danger of frost has passed, 8-12 inches apart, allowing 36-48 inches between rows.
Growing Conditions: Growing seasons, soil types, water and fertility requirements.
Corn is a heavy feeder, and may be grown in a wide range of soil types with a pH of 5.5–7.0 and good fertility. It is a warm season crop sensitive to cool soil conditions. Always grow different types of corn (su/se sweet corn, sh2 super sweet corn, and popcorn and starch types) separated from each other by an isolation distance of at least 100’. Cross pollination between types makes kernels starchy and tough. In addition, since corn is wind pollinated and the pollen may travel one mile or more, isolate from genetically modified varieties to ensure crop integrity.
Pest Prevention: Organic solutions to common problems.
Practice crop rotations. Destroy or incorporate crop residue to control leaf blights, root worm and European corn borer. Stewart’s Wilt, a serious bacterial disease, is spread by the flea beetle and can be difficult to manage in areas of heavy flea beetle pressure. Use Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) for suppression of corn ear worms or cut off damaged portion of ears prior to eating.
Harvest: Is it ready yet? When to harvest and how to store your garden produce.
Corn begins converting its sugars to starch as soon as it is picked. Normal sugary (su) varieties are best consumed within a few hours of picking. Sugary enhanced (se) varieties will retain their sweetness for several days after picking. Harvest when the silks are dried brown and the ears feel plump to the tip.
5 based on 3 reviews

Great northerners corn!

by 3715069 on 5/29/2013 4:50:20 PM

This is a great corn for northern gardeners. I live in an area that's brutal! We have consistant high winds, late frosts and early frosts that frequent our area giving us a very short growing season. This corn was wonderful through it all! It stayed strong in our sever winds with minimal damage, and it produced well right at the end, giving us beautiful and very tasty ears of corn until our first hard freeze! I will definitely be growing this corn again in the future!

Very yummy

by 3969018 on 2/4/2014 1:05:37 AM

A very different texture from your average crisp corn but still really good. Like the another comment, these corn can withstand the cold. Very easy to grow also.

9 weeks and they're ready!

by 4330733 on 6/7/2014 12:43:23 PM

Here in Texas, we planted in mid- to late March. 9 weeks later and we've harvested every last ear and they're amazingly sweet and perfect! We'll definitely order these seeds again- thanks Seeds of Change!

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