Hybrid SE Sweet Corn. Ruby Queen is an amazing new sweet corn with an amazing corn color—it's really red! You won't believe how appetizing a red corn can be until you see it on your plate, then bite into the extra-sweet, tender kernels. You can enjoy Ruby Queen at two stages. Pick it when it's blush-red for maximum SE sweetness, or let it ripen to full red so it can develop its rich, old-fashioned corn flavor. The meaty ears are 8" long with 18 rows of juicy, very tender kernels. Plants are 7 ft. tall and often bear two ears apiece. No need to isolate from other corns, but we suggest that you grow another SE variety with Ruby Queen to help with pollination. (Our Breeder's Choice corn is a perfect companion.) Ready to harvest in 75 days. Steaming or microwaving are the best cooking methods for enhancing the delectable color. As an added bonus, the red tassels and stalks make fantastic autumn decorations. Grow in full sun in rich, fertile, well-drained soil.
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 2' 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.