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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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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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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 2.836206896551724 out of 5 by 232.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Protect, very vunerable I bought this and put it in a large container so I could plant more. I don't know if you weren't supposed to go over the amount indicated but I had no luck at all, the stalks were brittle and broke off continually and never got further than the beginnings of the ears, then nothing. To be fair we had a record hot summer and drought conditions, but I did keep it watered thoroughly and regularly, will try again as I really like the idea of having some corn right on my porch.
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious fully filled ears! This corn was amazing. I planted it in 4x8 ft blocks in a community garden demonstrating small space options as the comparison to another sweet corn. They were planted identically in ground, but the On Deck was also planted in an old whiskey barrel. The On Deck ears were fully pollinated/filled and the husks were so tight there was virtually no corn earworm damage. We ate 95% of the ripe ears. Less than 50% of the comparison Early Xtra Sweet was even usable. The kernels were larger, not as sweet, were filled with worms and virtually no fully pollinated/filled ears. The difference was crazy amazing. Both varieties received a single oil/bt treatment at silk and right before a heavy rain I didn't expect. I will definitely plant On Deck again.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of fun and educational I purchased 1 pack of seeds and they filled 4 pots of recommended size. I put 2 pots in front of the house and 2 next to our deck in the back of our house. There was not a large harvest (for the humans, that is), but my husband got 6 between us. We took them right off the stalks, pulled back the husks, and ate them as is. The taste was heavenly! As a city girl originally, I never watched corn grow and this experience really taught me a lot of things. Also, thanks to some of of the reviews gave good advice. Even watching the squirrels pull the ears off the plants was entertaining. The plants looked good and different next to our house.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Burpee It's growing great! Planted it a little late so don't know how many ears I'm going to get, but excited to find out. Many are at the flowering stage and I noticed silk today. Still warm enough for it to mature.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from corn for wild life planted corn, slow to germinate, one stalk, one ear of corn waited to pick it.... sorry Mr wild life got to it first. It ate half of my ear of corn. I ate the other half yummmmm,
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Love this corn third year growing. Awesome very sweet. Love the smaller ears.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor growth I planted two pots at my place and two at my mother's. The stalks were short and didn't produce corn.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even in Alaska! Even though I did not get these seeds in the container until my other corn was up 12-18 inches, they still produced better than others. Each 5 gallon bucket had 8 plants and each plant had at least one nice almost full ear!
Date published: 2016-09-16
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