Corn, Maple Sugar Hybrid
Sweet maple candy flavor with sugar levels beyond belief!
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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 Maturity78 daysFruit Size5 inchesSunFull SunSpread12 inchesHeight6-7 feetSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Corn, Maple Sugar Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 23.Rated 5 out of 5 by gbburp from Marvelous Maple Just cant wait for the harvest ! Wanted to grow my own flavors for a long time! Maple flavor without the drips. Fire up the grill !Date published: 2015-05-20Rated 5 out of 5 by Auntnana from Superb corn This is the most tender corn I have ever grown and the taste is excellent. I had no problems growing; at least a 99% germination rate. Would have liked to seen bigger ears but for the taste, I'll take it!!!Date published: 2013-09-26Rated 4 out of 5 by AmericaninGermany from Scant but great Every year I have friends send seeds from the U.S. to plant here in Germany. It's a shorter, less sunny, maybe drier summer than in the Northeast U.S. Every year I plant Maple Sugar corn, and, unfortunately, every year I get less than I do of any other corn crop I plant. But it is always the best corn (and I've tried many!) It's without a doubt a five-star product, but I have to subtract something for its low yield. I'll continue to grow it even if I get only a dozen, and I recommend it to anyone who has a sweet tooth, as I do.Date published: 2013-08-29Rated 5 out of 5 by Chels21 from Great Grower This season (2013) was my first time ever growing corn, well if you don't count those failed experiments in kindergarden...anyway I started about five seeds indoors and put them on a heating mat, every single one of them came up. I made the mistake of putting all the seeds in the same peat pot so they were all growing together. When it came time to transplant I didn't try to separate or thin out, because I wanted every single plant, so I plugged them into a five gallon pot and said, "We'll see what happens" I read reviews that corn couldn't be grown that close together, but I didn't want to damage the roots by separating them, and I don't have much of a yard, so I used what I had available. Not only did my corn grow, but it also produced fruit! I have 6 ears of corn right now all just about ready to harvest. I do have a kiddie pool that I'm growing tomatoes in and I also plugged a few seeds in there when the weather warmed up, every single one of those also germinated, (granted it was like 90-100 degrees outside) The corn in the pool are starting to develop tassels and the silks won't be far behind. I had very good germination rates with this corn, Burpee sent like 100 seeds and I figured I had plenty to play with if none of them came up the first time. I would recommend you try this variety, just make sure your conditions are warm enough for them to germinate and you shouldn't have a problem.Date published: 2013-08-01Rated 1 out of 5 by fudd from maple corn not so god Gernination very poor less then 50% growing very slow, golden bantam put in week later far better and taller 95 seeds for $5.95 highDate published: 2013-06-25Rated 3 out of 5 by JudithA from Great taste but not a good grower here I tried Maple Sugar for the first time last year. To be fair, we had one of the hottest summers on record. However, I had other varieties of corn planted in the same environment and they produced better. The ears were smaller and the stalk is shorter. I can see the advantages of planting the corn was very tender and super sweet. I may give it another try sometime.Date published: 2013-02-03Rated 4 out of 5 by Jakesgarden from Sweetest Corn Germination rate is not very good but when it does grow it is delicious, last year I had great sucess with indoor sow and direct sow, this year it all had to be done in doors and even that was difficult. Teh plants that have taken are very hardy and the kids love this sweet corn. Next year I will try a different one because of the poor germination rate.Date published: 2012-07-08Rated 5 out of 5 by bowhunter from I have grown this corn for 5 years. And have had great success in growing, with 80-90% germanation. With two ears per stock, that extented the harvest an extra week or 2. And the harvested ears kept in the fridge for two weeks. IT'S THE BEST CORN!!!!!! #1Date published: 2012-01-05