Corn, Sun & Stars Bicolor Hybrid
Extraordinary size and unusually strong color contrast.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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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 Maturity80 daysFruit Size8 inchesSunFull SunSpread12 inchesHeight7 feetSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Corn, Sun & Stars Bicolor Hybrid is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 4 out of 5 by sunflowerlover from Decent Producer I was very excited to receive these seeds so that I could have fresh corn on the cob. I planted these seeds in Burpee's Xl ultimate growing system and had 100 percent germination within 5 days. I transplanted these, and they grew nicely; reaching the height of 3 feet in the first month! Soon, I had 6 corn plants that were each 5-6 feet tall. The reason why I rated it 4 starts is because the plants only gave me 4 ears of corn each 5-8 inches long; though this was probably my mistake for planting late in the growing season. (Mid June or so.) The ears I did get, though, were extremely tasty! Overall, this product performed nicely with a decent productivity and wonderful flavor. I would recommend these corn seeds to any gardener.Date published: 2014-11-27Rated 5 out of 5 by Themeatman from Great Corn The corn grew well and it was good. I need to do things differently next year because wild animals got most of it. I want to plant this variety again.Date published: 2014-11-02Rated 5 out of 5 by kbigmomma from really sweet corn Sun & Stars is the best! This is the second year I planted it and we just love its sweetness. Great off the cob too!Date published: 2014-09-22Rated 5 out of 5 by Edg78sim from Heavenly flavor I have planted S&S for two years an am excessively pleased with flavor and production. I did some studies on recommended planting by a local college site and found that it is best to plant sweet corn in at least 4 shorter rows instead of one or two longer rows. I had no failed stalks..my crop was perfect in height with beautiful and favorable ears. My family living close by rave over corn stating they have never tasted better. Fantastic flavor on those long winter days when you prepare corn that has been frozen. We have used Illini Supersweet for several years, but on a review from this site we gave this corn a try. We will be ordering a larger quantity of seed next year. Just too good to pass up, and since we like to share with others unable to have a garden I like a corn that produces so well.Date published: 2014-08-17Rated 5 out of 5 by Jones from How sweet it is... After five years of comparing " Sun and Stars" to "Illini Super Sweet" we found that S&S was sweeter than Illini. We planted S&S the first of march and got 60% germination. Definitely a variety to experiment with if you have the room.Date published: 2014-05-03Rated 1 out of 5 by wfp52 from disappointing less than 10% germination over 3 different plantingsDate published: 2013-03-04Rated 1 out of 5 by alan65 from sun and stars sweet corn first off,, i thought the packet was very small for what i paid for, i have planted twice, and now, ran out of seed, and still dont have a stand, not even 50 per cent. i was so looking forward to trying this much raved about varity, but so far, very disappointed. the plants that did come up , seem to be very puny and weak. i have been planting sweetcorn for years and never had this much trouble getting a stand. my usual varities are sweet g-90, incredible, candy corn, and maria.Date published: 2012-05-09Rated 5 out of 5 by Dmich from My MUST HAVE Corn Variety. For at least 35 years, from the late 1960's, I grew almost exclusively Illini Xtra Sweet, which was really, I think, about the first Sh2 Supersweet Corn. I periodically would trial other varieties just to see, but none could compete, until I found Sun and Stars. It's like Illini Xtra Sweet on steroids! Bigger ears, fuller ears, sweeter, better flavor. I can't IMAGINE a corn any better than this. In my northern climate, germination of ANY corn can be a problem, so I start my corn in flats in the greenhouse and transplant when about 6 inches tall. This gives nice, even stands, and I don't have to worry about crows eating the seeds by this stage. Sun and Stars adapts beautifully to this treatment, and gives me a nice crop in about 3 months from sowing.Date published: 2008-02-25