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Corn, On Deck Hybrid

Free Bee & Butterfly Flower Garden packet with purchase of 3 seed packets!
Free Bee & Butterfly Flower Garden packet with purchase of 3 seed packets! Must purchase three packets of seeds to quality. Cannot be applied to previously purchased orders. Limited time only. While supplies last.

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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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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

SH2

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

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
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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.
  • Corn is classified as Sh2, SE, SU, or SY. These refer to the sweetness and how long the corn may be stored. Sh2 is is supersweet, lasts 4-6 days in the refrigerator and is more challenging to sow in cool soils; SE is sugar-enhanced and lasts over a week in the refrigerator; SU is normal sugary, more cool soil tolerant but with a shorter shelf life; SY combines SE and Sh2 traits. Isolate Sh2 corn varieties from others by planting 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 corn. 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.
Type
SH2
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
Corn, On Deck Hybrid is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 256.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too early to tell Germanation was poor, so I re-seeded and now have many different sizes of plants.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed planted seeds in my raised bed garden in late March very poor germination only two seeds germinated Tried to replant in April and only one germinated. Due to lack of plants I got very poor germination on the three cobs.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money. I bought the On Deck Corn Hybrid. I planted it twice. NONE of the seeds came up.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun!! We got 4 ears of great corn. It was just a patio pot of fun!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for containers! This is my second year growing this corn. I have it in grow bags and right now I've got several ears forming. I love growing it this way, don't have to hill it up, the wind and sprinklers don't knock it flat. Usually get at least 2 ears per stalk if not more. Great flavor! Love Burpee products!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Corn Thought this would be great to grow in a container and not my small garden area. Planted all the seeds in four large pots in a sunny location. All the seeds germinated and quickly grow to 9 inches in height. Two months later they are still at 9 inches and I have no hopes for any corn. Started off promising but failed miserably
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Biggest disappointment of the year :( My spouse wanted to know how corn grew, so I thought these looked cute and much more manageable than the usual giant stalks. I followed the directions and planted a 6x6 grid, so used basically the entire packet of seeds. I had ONE plant come up. So far, it's only managed to grow about 6 inches tall, and doesn't look like it's going to do much more (though, I've never grown corn before, so it may yet.)
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and Delicious I grew this in a large smart pot, 10 plants, and got a couple of ears per plant. Was easy! I didn't have any problems with it at all.
Date published: 2017-07-05
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