Sweet corn is a favourite summer food of many Canadians and a popular choice for many farms and home gardens. Many will remember the taste of fresh corn on the cob, covered in salt and butter, served at someone’s backyard barbeque. While sweet corn is typically shucked and steamed, it can also be grilled, added to soups, baked goods, or even salads.
When planting sweet corn, it is important to isolate your plants with a buffer zone between them and other crops — including other types of sweet corn. Corn is very sensitive to cold or wet conditions when it is initially planted, so you should also avoid sowing in this type of weather. Read our guide on how to grow sweet corn to learn more.
Golden Bantam Sweet Corn Seeds (Open Pollinated Type) Heirloom Vegetable. First introduced in 1902, it is this old favourite that was responsible for changing the public colour preference in sweet corn from white to yellow. A true eight rowed cob with broad, sweet golden kernels on cobs 17.5 cm (7″) long. A delicious tasting corn for any hard-to-please palate! Irrigation is essential for proper kernel formation. Watch ripeness carefully. Pick before kernels over-ripen for best flavour and texture.
Peaches & Cream Sweet Corn Seeds (‘SE’ Bi-Colour Type) 1560 Sturdy 2 m (6′) tall plants produce the ultimate in bi-coloured sweet corn. Up to 16 rows of mouth watering, tender, juicy kernels fill the beautifully shaped 18 cm (7″) long ears. This is an excellent variety for home gardeners and commercial growers.
Sunnyvee Sweet Corn Seeds (‘SU’ Yellow Type) This is our best normal sugary variety for cool soil planting. Short, sturdy plants produce ears that average 18 cm (7 1/2″) long. An excellent variety for freezing. Irrigation essential.
Ornamental Corn Seeds Sturdy plants produce cobs filled with multi-coloured kernels ranging in colour from reds through purples to yellows and white. An early maturing variety! Isolate ornamental corn varieties from sweet corn by at least 91.5 m (300′).
Robust R98114W Popcorn Seeds A new and improved popcorn variety suitable for growing in more northerly areas as well as the typical corn growing locales. The cobs are packed with kernels of excellent quality that burst into large, fluffy white flakes when popped. Isolate this variety at least 91.5 m (300′) from sweet corn.
How to Grow
6 seed/gram When planting in rows, space the seed 10-15 cm (4-6″) apart, later thinning to 20-30 cm (8-12″) apart with the rows 55-75 cm (22-30″) apart. To ensure proper pollination, plant at least 3 to 4 rows. Corn can also be planted with 3 to 4 seeds per hill in hills spaced 30 cm (12″) apart. Plant 250 gr (1/2 lb) to a 30 m (100′) row; 4.5-6.8 kg (10-15 lbs) per acre. Work in a good general vegetable fertilizer at planting, keep weeds under control and the soil evenly watered through the season. Sowing Temperature Guidelines. Sow only when soils have warmed to 18 C. Some years this happens in mid May, other years we need to wait until late May or early June.