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Corn, Ambrosia Hybrid

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Plump and sweet. Perfect for summer picnics.

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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.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.


Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

75 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

8 inches

Sun 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.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

72-84 inches

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How to Sow

  • 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.
  • Corn is classified as Sh2, SE, SU, or SY. These refer to the sweetness and how long the corn may be stored. Sh2 is is supersweet, lasts 4-6 days in the refrigerator and is more challenging to sow in cool soils; SE is sugar-enhanced and lasts over a week in the refrigerator; SU is normal sugary, more cool soil tolerant but with a shorter shelf life; SY combines SE and Sh2 traits. Isolate Sh2 corn varieties from others by planting 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 corn. 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.
Days To Maturity
75 days
Fruit Size
8 inches
Full Sun
12 inches
72-84 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
9 inches
Corn, Ambrosia Hybrid is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste and texture and the best for freezing I planted 200 seeds on our earliest warm weekend. Naturally we very soon suffered a late frost. I still had 60% germination. It might have been a freak but at least half of my ears were not the 8 inch described. They were between 10 to 12 inches!! Fantastic flavor and texture. And Minnesota suffered either dry, dry spells, or we were slogging through a ankle deep mud. Ambrosia also was very good after being in the freezer. Not like newly picked, but the firmest of all the varieties I planted this year. (Also planted Sweetness when I could not get any more Ambrosia...also very good,) I will double my planting in 2017 and would heartily recommend this as my new favorite!
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best corn I have ever tasted I planted 2 crops of this corn this year during the NE drought in my community garden. It came up so fast. I usually add the nitrogen when knee high but it blasted past that. I keep track of dates, and even though silks looked dry, etc, waited for 75 days to pick. I peeked and maybe it wasn't that yellow, but I picked it anyway, opened it up, did the juice test, still unsure so I took a bite. It was delicious, ate half of the cob right there, rest when I got home. Very tender and good production too. The second crop has a few days left, so far it looks good. though the stalks are shorter, barely 5 feet tall. I can't wait to eat it. It does all come ripe at the same time which is too bad, I have to give some away.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great variety!!! Perhaps the best corn to grow!! Definitely the best tasting corn!!
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ambrosia Happy Nearly 100% germination and yield in my 6 x 3 foot plot. Especially delicious corn, tho ears were small to medium. South Eastern Washington State, near Idaho-Oregon border, 600 feet elevation, on the Snake River
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor crop We planted 16 rows with your corn seed and found we needed more rows . So we purchased some seed from a local store . During the growing season we noticed that your seed only germinated about 30% and the store brand was at 90% .When harvest time came around your corn didn't produce very well vs the store brand . We watered and fertilized both brands with the same amount . We had the soil tested to see if there was a difference between the 2 areas of the garden and found that all areas were the same chemical make up . We have grown corn for years and never have had this problem before .
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ambrosia sweet corn I purchased Ambrosia corn this year because Breeders Choice was no longer offered. Flavor was very good and it holds well on the stalk for several days. I am disappointed by the small size of the ears. Very few filled out all the way to the tip, most were only half full.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Small ears Out 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 5 by from Good germination, great flavor I'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
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