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Corn, Silver Choice Hybrid

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Two weeks earlier and 20% sweeter than Silver Queen!

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Sugary Enhancer Hybrid (SE). The SE gene (sugary enhancer) means these varieties will stay sweet and tender for 10-14 days after reaching maturity. No need to isolate from other sweet corn. Ready to harvest in just 75 days, Silver Choice is two weeks earlier and 20% sweeter than Silver Queen! Tender 8" ears are filled with 16-18 rows of juicy, sweet kernels right to the tip. Plants grow to 7 ft. Garden-fresh sweet corn is summer's greatest pleasure. Plant corn in blocks at least four rows wide for cross-pollination and well-filled ears. Seeds are not treated.
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Days To Maturity

75 days

Fruit Size

8 inches

Sun

Full Sun

Spread

12 inches

Height

7 feet

Sow Method

Direct Sow

Planting Time

Spring

Sow Time

After Last Frost

Thin

12 inches

Life Cycle

Annual

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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
    75 days
    Fruit Size
    8 inches
    Sun
    Full Sun
    Spread
    12 inches
    Height
    7 feet
    Sow Method
    Direct Sow
    Planting Time
    Spring
    Sow Time
    After Last Frost
    Thin
    12 inches
    Life Cycle
    Annual