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Corn, Maple Sugar Hybrid

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Sweet maple candy flavor with sugar levels beyond belief!

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We knew from the first bite that we had a winner. This utterly unique yellow hybrid had us at "hello". It boasts sugar levels truly beyond belief while retaining the full texture and creaminess of older types. We like it grilled to bring out the most of its maple candy flavor. Petite 5" ears fit neatly on your plate. The size also allows for great husk protection, so each ear is a perfect specimen with kernels packed to the very tip. Isolate from other corns and plant seeds 8" apart after soil has completely warmed. You'll love it.
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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.

78 days

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

5 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

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
78 days
Fruit Size
5 inches
Full Sun
12 inches
72-84 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Life Cycle
Corn, Maple Sugar Hybrid is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I've been growing this corn for several years now. I think it's the best variety out there and is fantastic eaten raw out in the garden. I have introduced friends and neighbors to this treat. So many people who think corn has to be cooked change their minds after tasting Maple Sugar.
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Supersweet Love this variety ... have had it for four years. But this year, out of the entire pack that was seeded, only 5 plants germinated. Everything else in the garden thrived. Sadly disappointed.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Challenging to grow I didn't get good germination with these with a soil temp of 65 degrees. I still had over half the pack left so I put them in a Baggie with a moist paper towel and put it in a warm spot in my house. Within 2 days about 80% had sprouted so I knew I had good seed. I planted the sprouted seeds and very few of those took. Now two months later, most of the stalks are just past my knees. There are a couple taller ones that are getting tassels. I will be surprised if I get one cob out of my planting. I don't think this is a bad variety of corn, I just think you need to have different growing conditions than what we have here in Minnesota. I wouldn't recommend this corn to a Northern gardener, but I'm guessing if you're down South you will have better luck with it.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor Gertmination Rayr Germination rate less than 20%. Planted 36 seeds in a 3x6 raised bed and only 6 seeds germinated. 15 seeds second planting and only 1 seed germinated. Will trya different variety next year.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to grow. Poor rate. Planted about 60 kernels and had none sprout. Replanted the rest of the packet (100 seeds) and have 3 plants. I always plant Silver Queen, and every one of them grows. Never has such a hard time growing corn.
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor germination I am very disappointed with the germination rate, maybe 20% at best.
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2013-09-26
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