This easy to grow and vigorous corn is plump and sweet
The best extra early hybrid corn. This widely adapted early variety is noted for exceptional resistance to cold and frost. One customer reported that 'Early Sunglow' survived 28˚ F when coated with ice from a sprinkler left on during the night. Stalks, 4-1/2' tall bear 7" ears with 12 rows of yellow kernels. An early planting helps avoid earworm damage.Poaceae Zea mays
Sugar enhanced corn varieties contain the sugary enhancer gene (su), and makes the kernels sweeter and more tender. In addition, the sugar is only slowly converted to starch after picking, so they remain sweet for longer. They do have a thinner kernel skin, and need to be handled a bit more carefully, but that also makes them more tender. These varieties don't need to be isolated from other varieties.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 64 (Spring/Summer)
- Growing Habit
Corn is a tropical grass and needs warm weather. It is usually not at all hardy, but this particular variety has survived temperatures down to 28˚ F and a layer of ice.
- Spring Transplant, Spring, Summer
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cool, Warm, Hot
Corn is a sub-tropical plant and uses C4 photosynthesis, which enables it to grow more efficiently in high heat and light levels. It needs warm weather and as much sunlight as it can get.
Sweet Corn can be grown in an intensive bed, but it must be in a large block for best pollination. There must be at least a group of 12 plants to insure good pollination.
It is a tall growing plant, so must be planted where it won't shade other plants.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 50°F - 95°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Corn needs a warm soil for good germination. It will take 3 weeks to germinate at 50 degrees, but only 4 days at 80 degrees.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)
Corn uses an especially efficient form of photosynthesis that enables it to grow rapidly in the high intensity light and heat of the tropics. It should be placed in the sunniest spot in the garden.
The best way to irrigate is with a soaker hose or a drip system. Don't use sprinklers during the pollen shedding stage, as it may affect pollination.
Corn is a notoriously hungry plant, which isn't surprising when you consider how fast it can grow. For best growth it needs generous amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, as well as all of the other plant nutrients.
- High heat, Needs lots of space
- Small Gardens?
- Yes, but will need a large one, like a half wine barrel
It is possible to grow corn in a large container of fertile soil, but it's probably not worthwhile. Be aware that you won't get much for the space it takes up, and you will have to hand pollinate such a small number of plants.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Light yellow
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Balance of sweetness and full corn flavor.