Few things say summer like sweet corn, picked just minutes before eating. Sweet corn starts converting its sugars to starch the second you pick it, so it's hard to find sweet corn more tasty than that from your backyard.
Sweet corn takes space. It's essential to plant a number of rows (more is better) because the ears are wind pollinated and they need the critical mass for best production. For this reason, it's most efficient to plant corn in a block of short rows or hills rather than in a few long rows. Most stalks produce just one or two ears of corn, so plant plenty!
And do what the professionals do: Plant early-, mid-, and late-season varieties to ensure the longest season of harvest, several weeks in late summer. Choose from standard sugary (su), sugar-enhanced (se), and supersweet (sh2) varieties with yellow, white, or bicolor kernels.
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More varieties for Corn
'Bonus Hybrid' corn
is a baby type that produces three to six small ears on each stalk 35 days after planting. Use baby corn in Asian dishes.
'Honey 'n Pearl Hybrid' corn
is a bicolor supersweet variety that produces ears with tight husks that resist corn earworm damage. It matures in 76 days.
'Illini Xtra Sweet' corn
is a yellow supersweet variety that was one of the first varieties developed in this category, and it remains highly popular. It matures in 85 days and freezes well.
'Peaches 'n Cream Hybrid' corn
is a bicolor, sugar-enhanced variety that produces creamy, small, tender kernels in just 70 days.
'Silver Queen' corn
is a white standard sugary variety considered by many to be one of the best-tasting corns ever. It matures in 92 days.