Saturday, March 2, 2013

Honey and Cream Sweetcorn


Sweet corn was the first real plant I grew. I was very impressed with the outcome. The ears were delicious, the best corn I've ever tasted. Be sure to plant the corn in the sunniest spot in your yard for best outcome. Grows really fast. I grew mine in a container. I don't recommend doing this, but it can be done with lots of fertilizer.

Annual or Perennial?: Annual
Germination time: 4-14 days
Days until maturity: 60
Light requirements: Full Sun (6+ hrs)
Plant size: Large
Spacing: 6 inches
Temperature: Warm weather
Difficulty: Moderate
Traits: 
Companion plants: 3 Sisters method (pole beans and squash). Beans fix necessary nitrogen for the corn. Corn provides trellis for the beans.
Special needs: Requires lots of water and nitrogen.

When to plant: Sow seed during spring and summer months, when the temperature is above 70 degrees F. Do not plant with different varieties of corn.

How to grow: Plant in the ground 6 inches apart. Plants are heavy feeders and require daily watering. It is not recommended to grow in containers, but it can be done. Plant at least 6 plants to ensure pollination. Grows to about 7 feet tall.

How to harvest: If you have a small amount of plants, gather pollen from the tassels and spread it on the silks to ensure pollination. Ears are ready after about 2 weeks. Grab the ear in one hand and twist it off without damaging the stalk.

Photos:
Honey and Cream Sweetcorn seeds
Seeds
1 week old sweetcorn
1 week old
3 week old sweetcorn
3 weeks old
Honey and Cream sweetcorn tassel
Tassel
Sweetcorn ear on the stalk
Ear
Shucked Honey and Cream Sweetcorn
Shucked and ready to cook

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