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Corn, On Deck Hybrid

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The first-ever sweet corn you can grow in a container.

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And now on deck sweet corn! Ever so tasty breakthrough bicolor variety is perfectly sized-4-5' tall-to spend the summer on your deck, patio, or terrace, adding vertical interest as well as producing two to three delicious 7-8" long ears per stalk. This first-ever container-ready corn is a revolution-one you can enjoy from the comfort of your patio. Simply plant 9 seeds per 24" container and get ready to harvest in about 2 months! Supersweet (Sh2). For best germination results, make sure that soil temperature is above 55 degrees Fahrenheit prior to planting.
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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.

61-63 days

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

7-8 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.

12-18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-60 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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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.
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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.
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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
61-63 days
Fruit Size
7-8 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
12-18 inches
Height
48-60 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Corn, On Deck Hybrid is rated 2.8627450980392157 out of 5 by 204.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the trouble Purchased this product with excitement that I wouldn't have to grow row upon row. The corn germinated quickly and the stalks were beautiful. But the reached almost 2 ft and stopped, and began to die. I planted exactly as instructed and they received adequate water between rain and by hand. It was a lot of work for nothing. Won't buy again.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What Happened? The third year I've planted On Deck Hybrid corn and this year the stalks were quite small and the ears were also very small unlike the corn of the past two years. Very disappointed in this years results.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Susceptible to corn smut Seeds germinated well. About 90% germination rate. Stalks grew quickly, tassels and silks were healthy. Lots of corn smut appeared (numerous other corn types are resistant to this) and pretty much ruined all the hard work. Would buy more resistant plants in the future.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Corn!! I planted the corn as instructed and the stalks grew very well. However, the stalks yielded no corn.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Deck Corn This is the first year I tried deck corn and it is the best sweet and tender. I planted 5 plants in each container and got 3 to 4 ears on each plant. When I want corn I just step out on the deck and pick a couple of ears.
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speachless! Was really skeptical but thought why not. Planted three large containers, each two weeks apart. Our deck bakes in the summer sun. Watered them daily. Picked the 1st four ears today. Spectacular! Each ear packed with gorgeous yellow and white kernels just like the pictures in the ads and videos. Taste wad truly amazing. Have plenty, plenty more ears maturing in the hot July sun. Next year will plant even more containers. And, instant Halloween decor. Super impressed. One lesson learned: germination rate for me was about 60%....I planted enough extra seeds that it wasn't an issue.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a bust The corn that was planted in a nice container did not produce any corn except for the ones that I thinned out and put them into my small garden in the ground,. The ones I plants in the ground did great and produced some sweet and tasty ears of corn.I will try again in a larger container.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Fun for something different but that's about it Corn grew well, but the resulting ears were disappointing. Had several ears but all were small, few kernels and almost no flavor - reminded me of creamed corn in their taste. In all fairness though we've had an usually hot and dry and spring/summer so that may have impacted the outcome.
Date published: 2016-07-03
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