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Corn, Sweetness Hybrid

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Exceptional sweetness and extra early.

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Lend me your ears! A summer without the taste of sweet corn, is a summer ill-spent. Sweet to the last kernel, this hybrid sweetheart raises the bar for corn-loving sweetness, leading the harvest for flavor and earliness. Delectable, picture-perfect bicolor ears are set on sturdy plants, and boast excellent husk protection so each cob is of the highest quality. We love our corn every which way boiled, roasted and creamed corn. As for creamed corn, so sweet is this corn that you require just a few spoonful of cream to achieve sheer culinary ecstasy. SY, does not need isolation.
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Type Some flowers and vegetables fall into subcategories that may define how they grow (such as pole or bush), what they are used for (such as slicing tomatoes or shelling peas), flower type, or other designations that will help you select the type of a class of plant that you are looking for.

SY

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

72 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

8 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-36 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

60-72 inches

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  • Corn

    Corn
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall 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 Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors 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
    S S Succession Planting This means that the plants have multiple harvests in a season
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: Jun-13
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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.
  • 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.
Type
SY
Days To Maturity
72 days
Fruit Size
8 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
24-36 inches
Height
60-72 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Spring
Sow Time
After Last Frost
Thin
9 inches
Corn, Sweetness Hybrid is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Failed to Develop Full Size For years I have started corn in Rootrainers. Shared with friends. Never had a problem and corn grew tall with full ears. Not Sweetness this year. Failed to grow to full height (2'--4') and kernals in ears were about 1" to 4". My friends and I were highly disappointed with wasted garden effort and space. Mine were the 2' and 1-2" size. I picked some, shucked and lightly cooked them. Very tasty and made me want full ears. Will never try Sweetness again nor recommend it.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Short corn for children with stubs for ears with The corn grew to three ft tall most shorter and no corn. I should have full refund. Tom Collins
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweetness Hybrid Corn Great corn, tender and sweet. No butter needed. Will buy this product again.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice size and sweet This is the first time I tried planting sweet corn in my garden and I must say this turned out very good. I planted a small 8x8 area and had 100% germination and a great harvest. The corn produced one ear on each stalk. I'll be planting this again next year.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I planted 2 seeds in 6 places in a raised bed size 2' X 3'. All came up and all produced well enough; however, the ears seemed not to be fully matured. The corn on the cob tasted good. I planted another 12-15 seeds. They came up, too, but haven't produced well. It may be my soil or the time of the year (planted in June). I will get a different variety next year.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit disappointed I purchased this corn (From a store). I planted 4 rows, and only about 10 stalkes are popping up. I planted the same amout of a dif kimd, and it's doing great.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost as great as Not available "Sun & Stars" It matured a little quicker than Sun & Stars; really enjoyed and kept its sweetness in fridge up to 7 days as advertised. Hope Sun & Stars returns 2017, but would grow this as substitute.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome corn I planted 3 rows about 12 ft long and yield was at least a 5 gal pail for each. Very satisfied!!!!
Date published: 2015-12-06
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