Vegetable Seeds Catalogue

Corn

Sds/g: 4-10                                           Feed Requirements: Moderate-High                        Usual Seed Life: 2-3 years

Cultural Notes:

  • Sweet corn is frost tender so make sure that you sow seed after your last frost You will also have to wait until the soil warms up as seed will not germinate well below 15ºC. Tasmania needs earlier maturing varieties in order to receive a good crop, late maturing varieties will rarely receive enough heat units to be mature and sweet by the end of summer. Mid season varieties will provide a sufficient crop in a good summer. Plant 2 seeds together 4 cm deep and 30 cm apart from the next pair of seeds in rows 90 cm apart. Make sure that you plant at least 2 rows side by side to ensure better pollination and fuller ears of corn. The bigger the block of corn the better. Corn is a heavy feeder and needs plenty of water (space further apart if you wish to water less). If you have enough room plant a few varieties that mature at different times to spread your harvest over a longer period.
     

Problems:

  • Earworms can be a problem. Some people use Dipel against these or put a few drops of mineral oil onto the silks to substantially reduce damage from earworms.
     

Harvest:

  • Generally, the later the variety the sweeter the cob. We always peel back the ends of a few ears with dry and browning silks and squeeze some kernels, if they are full and ‘milky’ they are ready to eat.

Sowing periods

Cool Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Dec 31st
Temperate Climate Periods
Sep 1st to Jan 31st
Tropical & Sub-Tropical Climate Periods
Jan 1st to Dec 31st
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Botanical Name
Zea mays

An interesting multi-use variety that was reputedly grown by the Aztecs 2,000 years ago. A vigorous plant, growing to 1.8- 2m tall & with cobs 15+cm long. The kernals are white at the milk stage and turn blue-black when mature. Eat fresh or bbq at milky stage; grind for a sweet dark corn meal when mature. Also used as a decorative corn. Untreated seed. Not to WA. 1 pkt = 60 seeds. Aprrox 4-5 seeds per gram.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Zea mays

An impressive popping corn with amazing steely-blue kernels. Traditionally grown by the Hopi of SW America, it’s a productive variety yielding 4-6 cobs per plant (to 12 cm long). Also used for fine or coarse grinding, where the flavour and blue speckles add interest when mixed with ingredients and used in cookies, polenta etc. A rustic decorator around the house. Not to WA. 40 seeds.

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Botanical Name
Zea mays

An old variety dating back to 1880’s and maintained by the Dutch in Pennsylvania. A creamy kernel variety that makes exceptional popcorn- large, fluffy & full of flavour. It can also be used ground (coarse or fine) for grits, flour or hominy masa to be used in polenta, tamales, breads, cookies adding great flavour. A.k.a Pennsylvania Dutch Butter. 50 seeds.

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Botanical Name
Zea mays

Super Sweet Variety
One of the sweetest varieties of corn around. This variety is a strong grower and normally produces 2 cobs per plant. The cobs are well filled and grow to 19-20 cm in length. Eat freshly picked (steamed, boiled or BBQ’d) or freeze to eat over an extended period. Treated Seed. 6-8 sds/gram. 1 pkt = 40 seeds.
 

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Botanical Name
Zea mays

A bi-coloured variety of super sweet corn. Produces super sweet cobs with yellow and white kernals. Cobs are 20-22 cm long and the plant can grow upto 2m in height. Eat freshly picked (steamed, boiled or BBQ’d) or freeze to eat over an extended period. Treated Seed. 40 seeds.

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1 pkt
A$3.50
Botanical Name
Zea mays

A classic tasting open pollinated yellow corn, retaining the old-fashioned ‘corny’ flavour rather than the super sweet hybrids of today. Two - three cobs on 1.8m plants that can be eaten steamed, boiled or BBQ’d (our favourite drizzled with a buttery, lime, chilli sauce). Sweet corn always tastes best when eaten within a couple of hours of harvest. 30 seeds. Not to WA.

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