Hybrid SE Sweet Corn. Ruby Queen is an amazing new sweet corn with an amazing corn color-it's really red! You won't believe how appetizing a red corn can be until you see it on your plate, then bite into the extra-sweet, tender kernels. You can enjoy Ruby Queen at two stages. Pick it when it's blush-red for maximum SE sweetness, or let it ripen to full red so it can develop its rich, old-fashioned corn flavor. The meaty ears are 8" long with 18 rows of juicy, very tender kernels. Plants are 7 ft. tall and often bear two ears apiece. No need to isolate from other corns, but we suggest that you grow another SE variety with Ruby Queen to help with pollination. Ready to harvest in 75 days. Steaming or microwaving are the best cooking methods for enhancing the delectable color. As an added bonus, the red tassels and stalks make fantastic autumn decorations. Grow in full sun in rich, fertile, well-drained soil.
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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.
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Corn, Ruby Queen Hybrid is rated
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Rated 4 out of
SWEET SWEET SWEET!I bought my first batch in 2015, and grew it in a vegetable garden. Due to the shade, the ears were smaller than I expected, but SO MUCH SWEETER than yellow corn. Less yield of a better product. Bough another batch for 2017, will be sown in a proper field.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 4 out of
Corn brings exciting color & taste to the table.Extreme happy colors as well as sweet taste. If you enjoy gardening and don't mind taking very good care of this corn through germination, this is the corn for you. The reward is well worth the work.
Date published: 2016-09-06
Rated 1 out of
Andy S from
Not impressedPlanted in mid May with another sweet corn and about only half came up. As of July 2 nd the biggest stalk is 4 inches tall.
I should note this is my first year planting in this tilled spot and I didn't do much prep work. Going to work on the soil a little bit in the fall.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 3 out of
A little let downI tried Ruby Queen this year and had mixed results. In my case, the seeds germinated unevenly, leading to some plants that were well ahead of others. Most plants grew 7-8 feet and looked great. I did not plant another corn variety to help pollinate. I think this decreased my yield as 70% of the plants had corn and some of those only produced little mutant-looking ears. Also, with most varieties I've been able to get 2 ears per plant. With Ruby Queen I got 1 ear on the plants that produced. The ears I got were nice but a little on the smaller side. I picked some of the corn a little early while it was still kind of bi-color and just developing its red blush. I did let some go for longer to develop the red color more but I think corn at that level of ripeness is too tough and starchy. My experience was that this corn was not as sweet and was lower yielding than white corn.. I may try again with a helper variety for pollination and hopefully yields and sweetness will improve.
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 1 out of
Poor GerminationSoaked seeds overnight, planted second week of May, very shallow soil cover.. Out of 200 seeds about 10 came up. Will try re seeding, but not very impressed. Can't even find seeds that didn't come up to know what happened.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 3 out of
Not Happy with Germination RateWell, so far not excited about the germination rate at 65%. Pre-soaked the seed kernels overnight, too. Will update the review with how it handles the New York weather and the growth and taste of the corn once it's harvested. The Stowell's Evergreen Sweet I bought from a different company, on the other hand, had an 85% germination rate, and is reaching for the sky at an unbelievably fast pace! It's 3 times the height of the Ruby even though planted at the same time. That one shows promise!
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 5 out of
Best sweet corn ever!Ruby Queen corn is actually quite tasty and easy to grow. Just soak the seeds overnight and dry them out for a few hours before planting and you should get a great stand.
Besides tasting wonderful, they are quite the attention grabber with their ruby hue.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of
We LOVE it- but low germinationWe LOVE this corn- it is delicious and gorgeous (and keeps its gorgeous red color if you microwave it - 3 minutes for 2 ears). BUT it had a very low germination rate this year- we had to reseed it twice! We will plant it again and hope that next year the germination rate will be better! My husband is a chef (we have an historic inn) and every dinner guest who gets this corn LOVES it!