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Corn, On Deck Hybrid

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The first-ever sweet corn you can grow in a container.

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And now on deck sweet corn! Ever so tasty breakthrough bicolor variety is perfectly sized-4-5' tall-to spend the summer on your deck, patio, or terrace, adding vertical interest as well as producing two to three delicious 7-8" long ears per stalk. This first-ever container-ready corn is a revolution-one you can enjoy from the comfort of your patio. Simply plant 9 seeds per 24" container and get ready to harvest in about 2 months! Supersweet (Sh2). For best germination results, make sure that soil temperature is above 55 degrees Fahrenheit prior to planting.
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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.


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

61-63 days

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

7-8 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.

12-18 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-60 inches

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  • 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

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.
Days To Maturity
61-63 days
Fruit Size
7-8 inches
Full Sun
12-18 inches
48-60 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
6 inches
Corn, On Deck Hybrid is rated 2.8 out of 5 by 332.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible germination rates; a tale of two planters I'm an urban gardner and I do all my gardening in fabric pots to move them as the sun shifts through the year. The pots are filled with a mixture of various types of compost and organic matter, peat to retain water, and potting soil. I also used some pelletized organic 5-5-5, worm castings, bone and blood meal to supplement the soil even more. That said, I have two 24" corn planters positioned in the "most prime" light of my entire property. That's like 15+ hours of light a day...from sunrise to sunset. I wanted to stagger my planting of each container a few weeks apart so I stagger my harvest--seems like a simple concept, eh? It's been a very warm sprummer (we've catapulted from winter to summer, skipping spring), so watching the temps, around early April I planted nine holes with 3 seeds each of On Deck in container 1 and waited two weeks. Nada. Zip. Figured maybe the soil wasn't warm enough, so I waited. Two weeks later, two little plants poked out--of the same hole! It killed me seeing total container failure knowing that one of these successful sprouts would ultimately be thinned. Put some more seeds in the soil, as now daytime temps were hitting 75-80+ and waited again. Got some sprouts, but most of them died back (three more plants were successful in this round of planting). Maybe bugs got 'em, so I tried some more seeds. Nothing. I took a couple and tried sprouting them out of the soil, a technique I found videos for on Youtube, and I had success sprouting 5 baby corn plants without soil. At least I know these seeds are going to sprout, right?! I was so proud of myself for finally not wasting any more seeds, and looking forward to, after more than a month and a half of trying, finally having 9 plants in my On Deck container. I put the 5 sprouted corn stalks in the dirt, and within 2 days all of them succumbed. Maybe transplant shock? I don't know, but I've burned darn near the whole pack of On Deck just trying to get nine plants going, so on a whim I go to a local hardware store and pick up a pack of Burpee Silver Queen seeds for $1.89. Noting that it's now been almost two months and my planting calendar's ticking, I planted nine Silver Queen holes (three seeds each) four days ago. I'm happy--if not completely frustrated--to report that it's germinated 100%--I put three per hole, and I got three seedlings from each hole. They look dark green, healthy, and are already taller than some of the On Deck's I planted a couple of weeks ago--after FOUR DAYS! The Silver Queen's been so successful, I'll need to thin them. What stings the most? I paid almost 5x as much for On Deck as I did Silver Queen (Why do Burpee seeds cost $7 + shipping online and $1.89 at a hardware store? Another topic altogether...) I feel like I totally wasted my money and my time on this On Deck variety. With 50 seeds, I have replanted the entire 24" container now twice and some holes three or four times, and I have 0 hope of them making it. I'm going to pull them all out and plant another 9 of Silver Queen in the first pot, since I have enough seeds left from that packet and the On Deck seedlings I do have look horrible in contrast to the Silver Queen ones after just four days.
Date published: 2019-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So sad - nothing growing We have issues with critters getting into our gardens. This sounded so promising. We planted in pots, put on the deck. Nothing. Waited a few weeks, replanted - nothing. Have tried several containers, each replanted three times - nothing. Sad.
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from poor germination planned on using these plants in pots we plant for local library-using them with beans and squash (Three sisters). Since I live in cooler climate for June 1 planters, I asked my brother, who owns greenhouses in Southern Ohio to start them for me. He soaked and then planted around 50 seeds and only sprouted 19. Poor germination. We were disappointed.
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing actually grew I planted the corn exactly as instructed and gave sufficient water and sunlight but nothing came up. Nothing germinated and the seeds were all duds. I was really looking forward to finally having some good, sweet, corn but I guess I'll have to settle for the grocery store this year.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Germination Planted 50 seeds according to package label, only 3 seeds produced corn stalks.
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1st year great..2nd year not so great. The first time we planted these ( in the garden, not patio ), they did tasting corn ever !. The 2nd year, only a few came up, but dfidn't get any bigger. I tried planting some in a patio container after that. The plants came up..very healthy, but only one produced..and only one very small, undeveloped ear. Not sure what went wrong. Trying again this year in garden..planted two weeks ago...haven't come up yet.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible germination and slow shipping I was excited to try this variety of corn, so I ordered 2 packs of seed. The amount of time it took for my package to ship was incredibly long in my opinion. Not to mention I was getting repeat emails wanting me to leave reviews for a product I haven’t even received yet. The seeds finally arrived and I planted them that afternoon and watered them in, just like you’re supposed to do. I’ve monitored the moisture just to make sure nothing dried out and have been checking regularly, it’s been 2 weeks and I’ve got a grand total of 15 plants to come up out of 100! This is not acceptable in my opinion. I could understand if I was a rookie seed starter but I start several hundred plants from seed each year. I will not purchase again.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hurrible I have planted 200 seeds last two years in Florida Room with sun and grow lights, controlled temperature, water with moisture meter. Germination is terrible. Less than 25 percent. Plants when 3 = 4 " tall are weak. With 200 seeds got three ears.
Date published: 2019-04-22
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