Corn, Silver Queen Hybrid
The most well known name in sweet corn.
Silver Queen is the popular late-season variety with tenderness and flavor worth waiting for. Large ears, 8 to 9" long, have 14-16 rows of white kernels, and plants grow to 8 ft. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability, it's ready to harvest in 92 days. 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. A packet contains 200 seeds, enough for four 15 ft. rows. Seeds are not treated.
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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 Maturity92 daysFruit Size8-9 inchesSunFull SunSpread12 inchesHeight7-8 feetSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Corn, Silver Queen Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 13.Rated 5 out of 5 by Exasperatus2002 from Great corn Grows well here in zone 6. So good, I have to fight off the squirrels this morning. They've been getting to them before me. Caught one climbing a tree with a cob in tow.Date published: 2014-09-05Rated 1 out of 5 by BigAl from Problems with silver queen hybrid This is the second year that I've used this seed. Last year the silk never turned brown and the ears were not fertilized. We had had some unusual spring weather, so thought it might be the cause. This year the silk turned brown and I kept waiting for the ears to fill in but they never did. Again no fertilization. I've grown silver queen for 20 years and I never had a problem until using Burpee silver queen hybrid. After talking with a local corn farmer going over all the possible causes he concluded that I need to use a different seed.Date published: 2014-09-04Rated 1 out of 5 by tdehoff from Lousy seed I have raised silver queen for years and never had a problem. Order the 200 seeds pkt. this year from Burpee. Planted all 200 seeds and I have a total of 6 plants that came up. Thats a germination of only 3%. I had other sweet corn and popcorn from other providers that were planted at the sametime and same conditions and had the normal 90% + germination. Needless to say I am extremely disappointed in this product.Date published: 2013-06-21Rated 2 out of 5 by 1911vic from Not suitable for zone 9..... Based on the other reviews, I thought that I would give this a try. Unfortunately, where I live there is a narrow window for spring planting before it gets too hot. The plants themeselves did well and grew very tall, with multiple ears on each. This spring was short and unseasonably hot. By the time the plants tassled, it was well over 100 degrees. The excessive heat dried out the tassles before the ears could be pollinated. So, out of 42 plants, I only harvested a total of four ears. Because of the long maturation of this variety, it seems to be better suited to other parts of the country, particularly the midwest and cooler climates in the north. Based on this, I need to stick with early maturing varieties for my growing zone. I'm not blaming the seed or the variety, just the region where I live.Date published: 2012-07-08Rated 5 out of 5 by TNT1 from Amazing! This is simply an amazing variety of corn. A week or so after planting in 2010, we had a cold snap where the daytime highs were in the low 40's and the corn powered right through it. It was tasseling before the fourth of July and we had corn not too long after that. And let me tell you, it was amazing corn. So sweet and so fresh! Store bought just doesn't even come close! The plant does get tall as advertized, but not too wild. I would highly recommend this corn to anyone.Date published: 2011-04-01Rated 5 out of 5 by DreamingOfAutumn from So Delicious! This sweet corn is amazing. It is so tender and yummy I ate it right off the stalk still standing in the garden! Perfect raw, grilled, in salads or relishes. I can't get enough of this corn!Date published: 2010-09-09Rated 5 out of 5 by CornGrower from Vigorous and Prolific I have been planting Silver Queen since it was introduced several years ago. One year I planted it and equal amounts of 4 other varieties. It was a hot stressful summer, but the Silver Queen still produced large, full ears. Silver Queen produced more than the other 4 varieties combined.Date published: 2009-05-02Rated 5 out of 5 by Frog from Great corn This corn grew really well, resisted disease and was high yielding. We will definately plant again.Date published: 2009-03-22