Ambrosia isn't just a name, it's the perfect description for this white and yellow checkered sugar-enhanced sweet corn. The 8" long ears on 6 1/2' tall plants are plump, sweet and ready for summer picnics. SE.
Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
Growing corn is easy provided you have enough space and plenty of sun. Corn is wind-pollinated, so you need to plant in blocks to ensure pollination. You should have a minimum 10 foot by 10 foot area. The exception to this rule is ‘On Deck’ corn, which has been bred to grow in containers. If you are growing ‘On Deck’, choose a container that is at least 24 inches wide and deep and plant nine seeds evenly spaced.
Isolate corn varieties when recommended (Sh2s), by planting corn seeds at least 250 feet apart, or select varieties that mature at least 2 weeks apart so they will not cross pollinate.
When choosing a site for corn, plant on the north side of your garden so the tall plants do not shade other plants in your vegetable garden.
Corn is a warm season crop and should not be planted in cool soils. The non Sh2 varieties tend to be more tolerant of cool soils, but in general the soil should be about 65 degrees F or warmer.
Sow corn seed 1 inch deep, 5 to 6 inches apart in rows 2 to 3 feet apart.
Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
When corn seedlings are 3-5 inches tall and healthy, thin to 1 foot apart.
How to Grow
Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Corn needs 1-2 inches of rain per week for best production. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. Corn is also a heavy feeder and will benefit from side dressings of fertilizer applied as directed through the growing season.
Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Suckers tend to form at the base of the plants; they help support the stalks and make food for the plant. The stalks may have to be staked in windy areas, but in general they are self-supporting.
Sunflowers are good companion plant for corns. Direct sow sunflowers in rows parallel to corn rows to help separate corn varieties that need isolation from each other. Choose sunflower varieties of comparable height to the corn plantings. The sunflower border, with vibrant hues in russets to golden-yellow, will add sparkle next to the almost all-green corn plot. The ‘Three Sisters’ (corn, bean and squash) are traditional companion plantings with Native American gardeners.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
Ears of corn are ready to harvest about 17-20 days after the silks appear. The kernels should be firm. Open an ear and pierce a kernel with your fingernail. If the liquid is watery, the corn is not ripe yet. It should be milky. If it is creamy, it is overripe and will not taste as sweet.
Firmly grip the ear and twist downward to harvest. Take care not to break the plant when harvesting the first ear, or the second ear will not develop. Most corn produces two ears.
Store unhusked corn in the fridge and consume as soon as possible. Sh2 and SE varieties keep the longest in the fridge, up to one week.
Corn freezes well after blanching and may also be canned using a pressure cooker. Immature ears may be pickled.
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Corn, Ambrosia Hybrid is rated
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Rated 2 out of
Small earsOut of 3 (9' long) rows this is what we harvested. We will go back to the Silver Queen corn as it has never failed us.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of
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Good germination, great flavorI've had limited success in the past growing corn, but this year I was "all in" with 6 rows X 5 plants - that's a lot of space in my 5' X 30' garden. The corn germinated well, much better than earlier attempts. Plants grew with few problems, and 2 ears started on each stalk (although most stalks only produced one ear in the end). I fertilized about a month after planting, then not again - perhaps I should have applied 1 additional time. The corn was sweet and delicious and not plagued with any pests (we do not use pesticides). The only thing I would do differently is to succession-plant - we had more than we could handle for 2 ppl, although eating Jersey corn every day is a pretty good problem to have! Definitely recommend this variety.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 5 out of
"Sweet" CornWe planted this with Chubby Checkers and it was sweet enough to eat right out of the garden. Great for home gardens. This is on our list for next year!
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 3 out of
Not my favoriteI am disappointed with this variety. It grew and produced nicely, but I did not care much for the flavor, texture, and especially the tendency for the silk to grown down in between rows of kernels, making it difficult to clean.
Not as good tasting as the burpee "chubby checker" variety.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of
Amazing!This was about the best corn I've ever had in my life. We have had trouble getting corn to grow in the past. Not Ambrosia. Grew so well we had corn left to put in the freezer. We'd take this out on the river. Just threw it in to a cooler full of boiling water and 20 minutes later it was ready. We are buying again this year and plan to double our planting this year.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of
Ambrosia Sweet CornDue to lack of space, I only planted three 35' rows last year. I got busy during the time for harvest and I was afraid that I had let it go too long before picking, so I cut the ends of the kernels and scraped the cob for creamed style. This was the most amazingly sweet and tender corn I've ever tasted. I last cultivated when it was a little over knee high and didn't touch it again until I picked it. The birds and raccoons helped themselves to a few ears on the outside row, but I still had far more than I expected from the few short rows I planted. I cannot praise this variety of sweet corn too much. The ears are large and retain their tenderness and incomparable flavor even two full weeks after they have reached full maturity. Other varieties advertise greater sweetness, but this is as sweet and tender as I could wish for corn to get. It really tasted like I had added sugar when I served it. I didn't thing any corn could ever be better than Peaches and Cream, or Kandy Korn, but this one outshines them all. A perfect variety for freezing, this was the most complimented dish at our Thanksgiving feast. I have since purchased property nearby for the sole purpose of enlarging my garden. Rest assured, there will be many rows of Ambrosia planted every two weeks, so I can have it right up to frost, and enough to put up that will ensure I have an ample supply until the next harvest comes around.
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of
My new favorite sweet cornAfter years of enjoying Illini Xtra Sweet Corn, and trying a few others, I have a new favorite - Ambrosia. Lives up to it's name, much as the wonderful cantaloupe with the same name - sweet, tender, has grown well over two seasons now of vastly different conditions here in NE Illinois. 2012 was extremely dry and hot, used drip hoses for irrigation. 2013 started wet and cool and it has been very moderate as far as temperature. Both years Ambrosia has delivered great corn for eating fresh and freezing.
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of
Better than Silver Queen!I didn't think it was possible to find a corn that I loved more than Silver Queen. Boy was I wrong! Ambrosia has Silver Queen beat by a mile IMO.Oh my gosh, this is the most delicious corn that I'v ever put in my mouth. It's sweet but not too sweet, and it's so easy to grow.Another thing that I like about Ambrosia is the maturity date of 75 days. Plus, it only grows to about 6 feet tall. As long as Ambrosia corn seed is available, I will continue to order it and plant it. It is THAT good. For real!