Corn, Country Gentleman (Zea mays), packet of 50 seeds, organic

$3.95

Family:  Grass (Poaceae)

Annual.  100 days to maturity

(White Corn, Shoepeg Corn) Annual sweet corn is one of the best of all heirloom open-pollinated corns, dating back to 1890.  The plants grow very tall (8 feet or so) and make extremely long and weighty ears.  I personally can eat 6 “golden bantams” at a sitting but slow down after only 2 “Country Gentlemen.”  This shoepeg type makes kernels in zigzag pattern, not rows. I found that longer boiling times worked well–10 minutes at a brisk boil–due to larger mass of ears, and to make the kernels very soft, milky and sweet to eat. The plants require standard corn culture.  I would make sure to thin them to 18 inches apart, as they are big, and make big tillers.  Do not remove the tillers, that was an experiment I made and later wished I hadn’t.  This corn requires a lot of water to do well–I had low yield on a drought year and had many stalks with 2 large ears on a good water year.

50 Seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown

 

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  1. Question

    Tim

    The main problem i have when growing corn is the earwigs get into the ears and eat all of the corn silk off of the ears so when i harvest the corn it is usually old and past its prime. Do you have any suggestions on how to avoid this problem or have a corn that the earwigs just don’t bother?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Tim, I haven’t had this problem. My main problem has been raccoons. The corn silk is very important, it is the stigma and style that transfers the pollen to the grain. If you lose the cornsilk early on, you won’t have any corn. You could sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the base of the plants just when they start to extrude the silk from the ears.
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