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Corn, Golden Bantam
HEIRLOOM. This variety made yellow sweet corn popular. Orig. 1902
This variety made yellow sweet corn popular. When Burpee introduced it in 1902, people only wanted white corn white signified refinement and quality. It was created by a skilled gardener in Greenfield, Massachusetts who loved to have the earliest corn in town. Golden Bantam quickly rose to the top since it sprouted in cool soil better than all other corns of the time, and growers could make big money with it. The stalks are only 5 ft. tall and often bear two 5 1/2 to 61/2" long ears apiece. For old- fashioned corn flavor and early plantings, it's still outstanding.
Sow in fertile soil in full sun after all danger of last spring frost and soil has warmed thoroughly. Sow 6-10" apart in rows 24-36" apart, in blocks of at least 4 rows side by side rather than in one long row. This ensures pollination and full ear development. Cover with 1" of fine soil. No isolation needed. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow
When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them to 12" apart. Give plants 1-2" of water every week. 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.
The ears are ready to harvest about 17-18 days after the silks appear. Harvest by snapping the ear off the stalk with a quick, twisting motion. Store these in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.