Corn, Silver Choice Hybrid
Two weeks earlier and 20% sweeter than Silver Queen!
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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.
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Corn, Silver Choice Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 12.Rated 5 out of 5 by drew51 from Plant at the proper time! I have seen many reviews where people are having problems with germination. Since this is an SE variety it has to be planted when soil is warm enough. I'm in the midwest and planted mid-June and had 95% germination. So if you planted and soil temps were below 70 degrees F it's your bad, not the seeds. I'll update review after harvest.Date published: 2013-06-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Doug1 from Silver Choice- Great Hybrid I planted the silver choice this March and had a 99% germination rate and a great stand only 3 stalks laid down out of 150 this is my first planting of silver choice it is a great corn to grow and eat.Date published: 2012-05-24Rated 3 out of 5 by FarmerJ from Hit & Miss This variety is really hit and miss. Only 60% of the seed germinated. Luckily I sowed extra in cups just in case which I later used to fill in the numerous blank spots left in my rows. So, after I got all the bald spots filled in I noticed that some of the corn, probably 25% falls over. I just used small bamboo stakes to keep them upright. This has really seemed to fix the problem. I'm happy with the growth. All of the corn has survived is most of it is thriving. I can't wait to taste the results! I'll give an update after my harvest and subsequent cook out/margarita bash.Date published: 2012-05-22Rated 1 out of 5 by bizbob from Dissappointment So far this sweet corn is substandard. Germination has been extremely erratic and the plants are flimsy. I had about 50% germination on the first round and 50% on the second. The plant will not stand upright but fall to the side. I have no corn yet but so far I am unimpressed. I will return to Silver Queen next yearDate published: 2012-05-09Rated 3 out of 5 by 1hillbilly from Great tasting corn if you can get it to grow. In 2009 I got 800 plus really good ears of silver choice. This is some really good eating corn. In 2010 only about 50% of it grew. But what did was very good. In 2011 I put out 800 seeds and only had about 15 come up. The birds got some of it, but the most of it just did not grow. Plenty of sun, all the water as needed, and a month later I 'm planting silver queen, its gonna be late this year.Date published: 2012-04-13Rated 5 out of 5 by Kendra from Love this corn This was some of the best corn I've ever had. Although they weren't perfect ears, and some were short, we had 2 to 3 ears per stalk and they came in much quicker than the other corn we planted. My only regret is that we didn't plant more.Date published: 2009-09-04Rated 3 out of 5 by Joey from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Planted last year and was amazed at the results. Nearly 100% germination, plentiful ears (sometimes more than one to a stalk), very sweet and tasty. This year less than 40% germination with shorter stalks. Was using last years leftover seed; so I order new fresh seed and results were the same or worse. Yes recommendation is for taste quality. Great taste but will one get the Jekyll or Hyde seed?Date published: 2009-07-10Rated 4 out of 5 by SoilJockey from So far so good... The crop isn't in yet, but I planted this corn about a month ago and it is now almost 3 feet tall. I had 100% germination and no problems so far. We'll see how the crop turns out.Date published: 2009-05-14