Corn plants are tall and sturdy and will provide shade for other vegetables in the garden. They create a great opportunity to plant and grow lettuce and spinach and other plants that will bolt in the full heat of the sun. Planting corn can also provide a living trellis for other crops in the garden like peas. Don’t plant corn next to tomatoes.
Sow seed directly into the warm garden soil in late spring to early summer.
Sweet corn is mainly composed of carbs and fairly high in fiber. It has a small amount of protein. It is a good source of antioxidant carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, and yellow corn may promote eye health. Corn is also a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. It can be a food supplement for animals.
Sweet Corn is Delicious.
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This packet plants 5 rows 15′ long for a total of 90 plants.
Ears of corn are edible and delicious when grilled or prepared many other ways while still on the cob. When the kernels are removed from the cob it can be made into salsa, soup, fritters, succotash, and cornbread. Corn can be made into flour, cornmeal, corn syrup, and corn oil, ethanol, and whiskey.
Corn is wind-pollinated so plant them together in a block of at least 4 rows. These plants are heavy feeders on available soil nutrients. If organic compost or manure wasn’t worked into the soil last fall. they will need additional compost added during the growing season.
Peaches and Cream Corn is a delicious bi-color variety with sweet and tender yellow and white kernels. The kernels actually produce two different flavors in every bite. This corn matures earlier than most corn and is great for fresh eating. It’s ready to harvest after 70 days with ears 8″ long growing on plants that are 6′ tall. Easy to grow and a great choice for new gardeners,
Each packet contains 100 Organic Corn – Peaches and Cream seeds. Zea mays . Annual. Open-pollinated, heirloom, Non-GMO. Begin harvesting in 70 days. $3.00.
Corn seeds can be planted directly into the garden soil.
Plant seeds 1” deep and 10″ apart in rows that are 30″ wide. They should come up in 7-10 days depending on the soil temperature and grow quickly in warm weather.
More Information about planting, growing, and harvesting corn can be found in the Farmer’s Almanac Growing Guide.
Harvest When the silks at the end of an ear are a dry brown, the cob seems to start to droop, and the kernels release milky juice when cut.
Growing Ideal pH: 5.8-6.8. Corn is a heavy feeder, so add manure or compost, and use 500g (1 lb) of complete organic fertilizer per 6m (60′) of row, mixing it thoroughly into the soil beneath each seed furrow. Thin to at least 20-25cm (8-10″) apart in the row. Large eared and double-eared varieties need to be 30cm (24″) apart. Keep free of weeds until knee-high, and then leave it alone. Use the days to maturity listed for comparative purposes among the varieties only – every garden may be different.
Timing Direct sow in late spring. If the soil is not warm enough, seeds often rot before sprouting – especially when not treated with fungicide. Untreated corn seeds should be planted only when the soil has warmed up above 18°C (65°F) – warmer for super-sweet (sh2) types, and even warmer for a good stand. Use a soil thermometer. If spring weather is cold, consider planting in flats or individual pots, indoors with bottom heat, for transplanting. Seeds should germinate in 7-10 days. If it rains after planting and corn does not emerge, just re-plant the area.
Diseases & Pests Disease: Prevent disease and nutritional exhaustion of the soil by using 4-year crop rotation and composting old stalks.
Season & Zone Season: Warm season Exposure : Full-sun.
Harvesting Popcorn Leave the ears of popcorn varieties on the plants to dry as long as possible into late summer and early fall. The husks should turn yellow/brown as they dry and the kernels should harden. Once the plants appear to be completely dry, or if wet weather is in the forecast, harvest the ears and bring them indoors. Remove the husks. Store the ears in mesh bags in a warm, dry, airy location. The ideal humidity level for curing popcorn is 13 to 14%. Curing is the process after drying that allows for long term storage of popcorn kernels. Once a week, remove a few kernels and try popping them. Popcorn that is chewy or kernels that have jagged edges after popping both mean that the kernels are not dry enough. Continue curing and test-popping until the desired texture is reached. Then remove the kernels and store them in an air-tight container.
Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.
These big plants will grow in almost any soil, but getting the cob to mature is another matter. The maturity of the ears (cobs) is not controlled by the size of the plant, nor by day-length, but by the accumulated heat the plant was exposed to as it grew. This measurement is known as “heat units.” Corn plants generally grow very tall, and may shade other vegetables, so plan carefully. Some vegetables, such as lettuce, may benefit from this shade, but heat-loving plants must be placed so that the corn does not shade them. This heavy-feeding plant also provides a stalk for plants such as pole beans.
Latin Zea mays Family: Poaceae.
Seed Info In optimal conditions at least 85% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 2 years. Per 100′ row: 400 seeds, per acre: 87M seeds.
Pests: Wireworms are a pest in home gardens and may burrow into the seeds. Loopers are pale olive-green caterpillars up to 2.5cm (1″) long. They chew into the centre of young corn plants and can kill the plant if the growing tip is damaged. Seed corn maggot is a small, legless maggot that attacks germinating seed. Planting in warm soil or using predatory nematodes may help prevent seed-destroying soil creatures.
Matures in 70 days. (Su hybrid sweet seeds)
Starting Do not soak corn seeds prior to planting. Plant 2-5cm (1-2″) deep (shallower for sh2 seed or in cool soil). Sow seeds around 7.5cm (3″) apart, in rows 60-90cm (24-36″) apart. Because corn is wind pollinated, plant in a dense block of at least 4 rows, rather than in single rows. This increases the chance of corn pollen, which emerges from male flowers at the growing tip, to fall down onto the receptive female silks that extend from each corn cob.
Difficulty Moderately challenging.
This fantastic mid-season bicolour hybrid produces 22cm (8.5″) long cobs, each with 18-20 rows each of white and gold kernels. The kernels actually produce two different flavours in every bite. Peaches and Cream corn seeds produce productive, 2m (6′) tall plants and very sweet cobs. Peaches and Cream has earned its popularity for gourmet flavour, sweetness, and tender, fine kernels. We highly recommend it for the home gardener. But be sure to wait until the soil is 21°C (70°F) before planting our untreated corn seeds – this is crucial for good germination of all super sweet hybrid corn varieties.
Companion Planting Corn is a good companion to beans, beets, cucumber, dill, melons, parsley, peas, potato, soya beans, squash, and sunflower. Avoid planting next to celery or tomatoes. Amaranth makes a great mulch between rows by competing with weeds and conserving ground moisture.
Peaches & Cream Sweet Corn Seeds (‘SE’ Bi-Colour Type) 1560 Sturdy 2 m (6′) tall plants produce the ultimate in bi-coloured sweet corn. Up to 16 rows of mouth watering, tender, juicy kernels fill the beautifully shaped 18 cm (7″) long ears. This is an excellent variety for home gardeners and commercial growers.
6 seed/gram When planting in rows, space the seed 10-15 cm (4-6″) apart, later thinning to 20-30 cm (8-12″) apart with the rows 55-75 cm (22-30″) apart. To ensure proper pollination, plant at least 3 to 4 rows. Corn can also be planted with 3 to 4 seeds per hill in hills spaced 30 cm (12″) apart. Plant 250 gr (1/2 lb) to a 30 m (100′) row; 4.5-6.8 kg (10-15 lbs) per acre. Work in a good general vegetable fertilizer at planting, keep weeds under control and the soil evenly watered through the season. Sowing Temperature Guidelines. Sow only when soils have warmed to 18 C. Some years this happens in mid May, other years we need to wait until late May or early June.