IMPORTANT: You are using an old browser. You will not be able to checkout using this browser for data security reasons. Please use another browser or upgrade this one to continue. Read more.

Corn, Early Xtra-Sweet Hybrid

Short Description

Very sweet and very early.

Full Description

Supersweet Hybrid (Sh2) corns can be twice as sweet as others and stay sweet for days if chilled promptly. For best taste, isolate from non-Sh kinds to stop cross-pollination. An All-America Selections winner, Early Xtra-Sweet is 2 weeks earlier than Illini Xtra Sweet. Its 9" ears have 12-16 rows of golden kernels. Height 6 ft. Ready to harvest in 71 days. 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.
Buy this product
Item # Product
Item#: 51250A
Order: 1 Pkt. (200 seeds)
- +
Send me an email when this item is back in stock
Corn, Early Xtra-Sweet Hybrid
Corn, Early Xtra-Sweet Hybrid, , large
Item #: 51250A
1 Pkt. (200 seeds)
Customers also bought these products

Thank you!

Add to Wish List

This product is currently out of stock; please click on the "Notify Me" and we will send you an email when it is available.

Product properties

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

71 days

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

8-9 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.

60-72 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

the burpee




since 1876


Enlarge Photo
Print Page


Growing Fresh Summer Corn
Eating fresh sweet corn is one of the greatest delights of summer. See how easy it is to grow your own.
Watch video
Chef Ian Knauer Recipe - Raw Corn Salad with Basil
Chef Ian Knauer of the Farm Cooking School in Stockton New Jersey Prepares Raw Summer Corn and Basil Salad.
Watch video

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
71 days
Fruit Size
8-9 inches
Full Sun
12 inches
60-72 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Life Cycle
Corn, Early Xtra-Sweet Hybrid is rated 4.111111111111111 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great tasting and good producing I planted this for the first time this year and didn't know what to expect. Corn grew great, and produced an excellent corn with about average ears per stock. Only put in one package of seeds and had so much corn, gave it to neighbors and friends, with plenty left over for the freezer. I will increase the area for this corn next year!
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad batch I bought two pack of 200 seeds. I probably sowed 350 seeds and about seven actually germinated and started growing. I was very disappointed.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So So The weather effected my corn crop this year, we had a really wet Summer here in Indiana. The corn only grew to about 4ft high, and had really small ear's. On the up-note, the corn was really sweet. I will try it again, just hope it does better.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best corn! When I have holiday gatherings, family members always request my frozen corn. I will never plant another variety of!
Date published: 2016-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great germination rate!! Planted Early Xtra-Sweet Hybrid Corn exactly as you recommend ...I planted on June 1st. The germination rate on this corn is outstanding. It is up and looking wonderful!
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will try again... The squirrels demolished the plants, stems and all, right at flowering. They are gone to heaven now so I'll try again in the Fall.
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic flavor!! For years I have enjoyed the flavor of the SU varieties (Early Sunglow), but, this one has them beat!! The flavor is a perfect balance of tradional corn and extra sweet! In my opinion, the taste is out of this world!! Productivity is average as each plant produces just one ear, although a few of my plants have produced two. Plant vigor is good, although I did have a problem early on with corn borers which was handled with an addequate application of pesticide. so far, the plants have handled the AZ heat quite well. The ears themselves are between 8-9" and loaded with kernals and have a good thick husk. So, if the SU varieties are too much like field corn for your taste, give this one a try!! Highly reccommended!!
Date published: 2010-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly as described This year the stalks were short but the ears were long...long and full. Very full. Lives up to the name, that's for sure. Great for anything, maybe even making shine.
Date published: 2008-10-07
  • 2016-10-24T07:30CST
  • bvseo_cps, prod_bvrr, vn_cps_3.4.0
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_9
  • loc_en_US, sid_prod000665, PRD, sort_mostRecent
  • clientName_Burpee