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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Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
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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-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for 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
This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
First Date: May-02 - Last Date: Jun-13
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.
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Corn, Silver Queen Hybrid is rated
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Rated 5 out of
Silver Queen Choice HybridI live one house from downtown Main St. with a mostly clay soil and have failed to grow corn for 6-7 years. Last year's Silver Queen was the first success I've had but had to replace about 1/3 of my plants due to squirrels digging up the seeds. This year I upgraded to the Choice Hybrid and started them indoors. I had a 90% success rate and no plants were disturbed. These ears of corn are so meaty, I can't eat more than 2 and my neighbors are just raving about the flavor. This corn is definitely a home run!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of
Delicious CornPlanted early corn 4/30/17 and planted late corn 6/02/17. I began picking 7/27/17 and will be picking continuously thru mid September. I've had a great crop of delicious corn this year. Very nice eating high yielding corn.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of
Silver Queen cornSilver Queen has been around for a long time I remember my dad planting it when I was a kid. There is a reason its still around, its a great tasting corn. It produced well this year for me I pulled in over 600 ears and the stalks were very tall over 7ft. I like that it grows tall helps keep some of the critters out of it.
All of the ears were well developed but that has to do with spacing of row ect. I will be planting this again next season I have a good stock pile in the freezer for winter. I also grow some of the newer varieties of SE and SU type corns but they just don't impress me they way Silver Queen does.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of
cornThe seeds never sprouted. I've grown corn for many years
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of
Great cornGrows 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: 2014-09-05
Rated 1 out of
Problems with silver queen hybridThis 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: 2014-09-04
Rated 1 out of
Lousy seedI 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: 2013-06-21
Rated 2 out of
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.