Corn Sweet Golden Bantam 8 Row (yellow) HEIRLOOM Seeds (LG)

Corn Sweet Golden Bantam 8 Row (yellow) HEIRLOOM Seeds (LG)

Zea mays var rugosa

Item #7312


70-80 days. This variety set the standard for sweet corn when it was introduced in 1902 and remained one of the best and most popular varieties until the introduction of sweeter-flavored hybrid sweet corn varieties. Yet even today, this open-pollinated sweet corn is desired for its delicious but not too sweet, corn flavor. A good, main-season sweet corn variety, each plant produces 2 or more ears per stalk. Ears have 8 rows of broad, golden yellow kernels. Plant a second crop about 3 weeks after your first to extend your harvest. Golden Bantam 8 Row does not keep and should be cooked right after picking. A great variety for freezing on the cob.

This packet sows ten 10-foot rows.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
2 seeds
every 12"

Row Spacing:

When 4" tall
thin to 1 plant
every 12"

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost, and when temperatures are warm.

When to start inside: Not recommended; corn seedlings do not transplant well.

Special sowing & germination instructions: Easy to grow from seed. Since pollination occurs from wind, seed should be planted in short, parallel rows or blocks.

Harvesting: Corn is ready about 3 weeks after the silks appear; harvest when the silks are brown, but not dried, and the husks are dark green; ears should be plump. Pull back the husk and pop a kernel with your thumb; a milky juice squirting out means corn is ready. If juice is watery, corn is still immature.

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