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Corn, Early Sunglow Hybrid

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Great early variety, thrives in cool weather.

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Early Sunglow is a great choice for areas with short growing seasons and cool springs. The height is 4 to 4 1/2', and the extra-early, uniform ears are about 7" long with 12 rows of deep kernels. Stalks yield 2 ears. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability. Garden-fresh sweet corn is one of summer's greatest pleasure. Don't miss this one. A packet contains enough for four 15' rows. Seeds are not treated. Garden Hints: Plant corn in blocks, at least four rows wide, for cross-pollination and well-filled ears. Grows best in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun per day). Cultivate carefully to avoid damaging surface roots.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

63 days

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

7 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.

48 inches

Sow Method 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.

Direct Sow

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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.
  • 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.
Days To Maturity
63 days
Fruit Size
7 inches
Full Sun
12 inches
48 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Life Cycle
Corn, Early Sunglow Hybrid is rated 3.5833 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always Reliable We have been growing Early Sunglow for nearly 20 years and it has never failed us. We refer to it as our "Thanksgiving corn" because we always freeze a big bag to serve with the Thanksgiving meal. It is planted several weeks earlier than any other sweet corn we plant and it always germinates, providing the first sweet corn in mid-July while we are waiting until August for all the other corns. The ears are smaller and less sweet than other corns we grow and have a true corn flavor.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Early Sunglow Hybrid Sooo very disappointing! I was so excited to be planting corn for my very first time and everything seemed to be going along smoothly. However, we just harvested a few ears today - after reading and educating myself how to tell when corn is ready - and can not believe how disappointing this corn was. The kernels were nice and plump, but it had absolutely no flavor. No sweetness detected at all. I will try again next year with corn, but it will not be this type! Geez, now what to do with the couple other dozen I have still standing in my garden????
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2014 Sweet corn has been harvested 92% seed germination. Plants were reasonably successful through hail, high winds, late cold and excessive rainfall. Usually one ear per plant (84% had only one useable ear) . Flavor was good. This hybrid survived some very difficult conditions and yes there were some leaners but given the number of 50+ mph wind events we experienced we were satisfied with the root strength. We had about 200 plants. Pollination was excellent. I would recommend this variety to others. We did find it required more days to maturity than listed, but we feel weather was a factor.
Date published: 2014-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from All fall down........ Corn germinated very well and grew quite well -until- it all fell down! We had a very mild summer rainfall when the corn was about 3 feet tall and 99% of the stalks fell completely over. I noticed that this corn did not have ANY stability/feeder roots. I was able to support the stalks and they tasseled. A few days after full tassel smut appeared on the stalks (no ears grew). I pulled the entire corn bed and completely disposed of the stalks. I will go back to non-hybrid corn. Experienced gardener.
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Early Sunglow, a reliable and consistant producer! I had to add to my review from a couple of years ago. I plant this variety every year because it is a reliable and consistant producer. Cool soil vigor is excellent. Since I live in a part of the country that gets warm early in the season, I can usually harvest this before the earworms and corn borers come out. Since this variety matures very quickly, if left on the plant too long, they can turn "starchy" and have little to no flavor. For the best and sweetest taste, pick the ears 2-3 three days early. For the freshest taste, eat or freeze within a couple hours of picking. This variety also freezes very well.
Date published: 2012-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Early Sunglow - reliable for the "east side". If you haven't had much luck with sweet corn in Oregon's "east side", this is your variety! Plant early. If you're brave, even the middle of May. The 63-day maturity won't happen, our nights are way to cold. You will have very good production by the middle of August, though. Plant two rows at a time, 5 or 6 days apart, until the last week in June. Harvest season will last into September. Don't forget to check the second ears, on each stalk. Most second ears are a little smaller, but very tasty.
Date published: 2010-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Old standby I have planted many varieties of corn over the years,some good some not so good. Some Se corn (Bodaceous) have a better flavor and have a longer harvest time but Sunglow is very good and here in the north country can be planted early,Se can not, and I can say it has never failed to produce a full crop no matter what the weather,can not say that about other corn. If you plant your favorite corn and have room plant a patch of sunglow for a crop of good corn in cold regios or a crop way before your main variety in warmer regions.
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor flavor Early Sunglow Hybrid lived up to its claim for good germination in wet weather. It germinated and grew well in our very wet spring and early summer. But what a disappointment when we ate the first ears. No flavor! We ate it within an hour of picking it. There was no sweetness at all. We might as well have been eating field corn. I will not grow this variety again. Our neighbor, on the other hand, grew the early variety Seneca Arrowhead and it was fairly sweet.
Date published: 2009-08-17
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