Sweet Corn at a Glance

Take the time to make mouthwatering sweet corn one of your hit crops this summer.

June/July 2008

By Barbara Pleasant

Early summer is the prime time for growing sweet corn. Try one of the following sweet corn varieties in your garden this summer! Learn more about growing sweet corn in All About Growing Sweet Corn.

Type Description  Cultural Tips  Varieties 
Early Hybrids
65 to 75 days  
Small plants grow to less than 6 feet tall, and bear one or two small to medium-sized ears per plant. Best bets for cold climates or for growing in small gardens. With ample water and fertilizer, early hybrids can produce high-quality sweet corn. ‘Early Sunglow’
‘Fleet Bicolor’
‘Spring Treaet’
‘Sugar Buns’
Main Season Hybrids
75 to 90 days
Vigorous, stocky plants typically load up with two big ears each. The best-flavored, most productive varieties are in this group. When growing in average soil, fertilize with a high-nitrogen plant meal or other organic fertilizer when plants are 1 foot tall, and a second time when the tassels emerge. ‘D’Argent’
‘Illini Xtra-Sweet’
‘Marai Bicolor’
Open Pollinated/Heirloom
75 to 90 days
Plants vary in size, with some up to 8 feet tall. Expect one or two ears per plant. Sugars rapidly convert to starches as the kernels mature. Check ears daily as they approach. Wide spacing helps older strains prosper with less fertilizer than hybrids. The tall stalks can double as trellises for snap beans, and provide filtered shade for pumpkins or winter squash. ‘BLack Aztec’
‘Double Standard’
‘Golden Bantam’
‘Luther Hill’
‘Texas Honey June’ 
 Locate sources for these sweet corn varieties with our custom Seed and Plant Finder.

Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on Google+.

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