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Corn, Illini Xtra Sweet Hybrid
Four times as sweet as standard hybrids.
Garden-fresh sweet corn is summer's greatest pleasure. Supersweet Hybrid Sh2 corn can be twice as sweet as others. Enjoy the 8" ears of corn 48 hours after picking, and they are four times as sweet as standard hybrids and will stay sweet for days if chilled promptly; and it's good for freezing, too. Proven tops for productivity, flavor and wide adaptability.
Growing corn is extremely easy provided you have enough space. Corn is wind-pollinated. 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. The corn kernels should be firm and milky when cut open. Firmly grip the ear and twist downward to harvest. Take care not to break the plant as harvesting the first ear or the second ear (when present) will not develop. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks; snappy, crisp texture and ultra-sweet flavor will last 4-6 days in the refrigerator. Super-sweet corn can be up to 4 times as sweet as other types of sweet corn. They do not need to be cooked or amended in any way to taste as delicious as standard corn smothered in butter and salt.