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Corn, Kandy Korn (SE) Hybrid
Outstanding for long, late harvest.
Sugary Enhancer Hybrid (SE). The SE gene (sugary enhancer) means these varieties will stay sweet and tender for 10-14 days after reaching maturity. No need to isolate then from other sweet corn. Kandy Korn is outstanding not only for its flavor but also for its long, late harvest. It has 16-20 rows of delectable, sweet, golden kernels. Harvest it just 89 days after planting. It's great eaten fresh but freezes well too. Stalks grow to 8½ ft. 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. 200-250 seeds plant enough for four 15 ft. rows. One pound will plant four 100 ft. rows. Seeds are not treated.
Growing corn is extremely easy provided you have enough space. Corn is wind-pollinated and SE varieties do not need isolation. Set up more than one row to ensure pollination- a minimum 10-foot by 10-foot area. Isolate varieties when recommended (Sh2's), by planting corn seeds at least 250 feet apart, or select varieties that mature at least 2 weeks apart. Sow corn seed 1' deep, 5 to 6 inches apart in rows 2 to 3 feet apart. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
How to Grow
When corn seedlings are 3-5" tall and healthy, thin to 1-foot 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. Sugar-enhanced hybrids stay sweet for up to 2 weeks after picking, so you do not need to harvest your entire crop as soon as it ripens to avoid starchy, overripe corn. Sugar-enhanced corn is very tender.