Sugary Enhancer Hybrid (SE). The SE gene (sugary enhancer) means these varieties will stay sweet and tender for 10-14 days after reaching maturity. No need to isolate then from other sweet corn. Kandy Korn is outstanding not only for its flavor but also for its long, late harvest. It has 16-20 rows of delectable, sweet, golden kernels. Harvest it just 89 days after planting. It's great eaten fresh but freezes well too. Stalks grow to 8 1/2 ft. Garden-fresh sweet corn is summer's greatest pleasure. Plant corn in blocks at least four rows wide for cross-pollination and well-filled ears. 200-250 seeds plant enough for four 15 ft. rows. One pound will plant four 100 ft. rows. Seeds are not treated.
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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.
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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, Kandy Korn (SE) Hybrid is rated
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Rated 5 out of
A yellow Silver QueenThis is a great variety if you like to grow Silver Queen, as the slightly purplish stalks are almost as tall and vigorous, growing 9 feet under ideal conditions with 2-3 large ears per stalk, similar to Silver Queen. While the taste of Silver Queen is hard to beat, I believe this variety is even tastier. The kernels are smaller than Silver Queen but more tender. I can't say enough good things about this variety.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 1 out of
not 100 seeds in packet!It says there is 100 seeds in 1 pkt. This is incorrect! Make sure you order more than you need as there were only 30-45 seeds in each packet I received. Now I have to hurry up and find more seeds to finish planting this season. First and probably last time to order from Burpee.
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 4 out of
Good dependable corn!I grew Kandy Korn many years ago, and remembered it for it's very sweet taste. This year after a long absence from growing corn, I once again tried Kandy Korn. The taste was just as good as I'd expected. However, I had forgotten that it doesn't hold for too long on the stalk before getting too big. That is my only negative factor and the reason I rated it a 4. Pick it in a timely manner and you will be well pleased. It is a very dependable variety. Germination was great, and the stalks grew very well.
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 5 out of
Great plant!Flavor and performance were great. Of course this was after the racoons ravaged the garden.
Its well worth the try.
Date published: 2008-10-22
Rated 5 out of
This was the sweetest corn we ever tasted and yielded enough for us to share with family.