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Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn

Botanical Name: Zea mays

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# of seeds per packet: 95

Description

90 days. Developed in the early 1800’s, this is the sweetest, most tender open-pollinated sweet corn we know of. Ears are 8" long, kernels are white, sweet and tender. This here is good ol' fashioned sweet corn flavor! Throughout the 20th century, sweet corn breeding was entirely focused on breeding extra sweet F1 hybrid sweet corns, leaving open-pollinated sweet corns overwhelmingly neglected by breeders. Consequently, most folks are familiar with the sugary sweetness delivered by hybrid sweet corn and are not familiar with the milder sweetness of most open-pollinated corn. If you’re looking for a super sugary sweet corn, you may be disappointed. But if you’d like to experience our great grandparents’ corn, Stowell's Evergreen will take you there. Vigorous, tall plants work well for 3 sisters (corn-beans-squash) planting.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA zone 5):

Corn needs fertile soil with a lot of compost/manure. Corn is wind pollinated so you should grow at least 16 corn plants (plant in a block – not in a row) so that enough pollen from the tassels will land on the silks to pollinate all of the kernels to produce full ears of corn. Not enough space for 16 plants? You can hand pollinate your corn (look online for instructions). Plant corn seeds after the soil has warmed to at least 65° (May 20th - June 15th). Plant seeds 6” apart in rows 36” apart (thin plants to 12” apart). Plant at least 4 rows of 4 plants in a block. Days to germination: 3-12. Alternatively, corn can be planted in a “Three Sisters Planting”: Sow 5-6 seeds (2-3” apart) per patch, 4 feet between patches. One week later, plant pole beans (4-5 seeds) encircling corn. One week after that, plant winter squash (5-6 seeds) encircling the beans. Thin seedlings to: 3-4 corn plants, 2 pole beans, 3-4 squash per patch.

Harvest:

Harvest Stowell’s Evergreen sweet corn as soon as the ears fill out with full size kernels. Ears left on the plant too long will become starchy. It is normal for the top portion of the ear to be bare (not filled in with kernels). 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Corn is a difficult seed saving crop. Corn suffers from inbreeding depression if seed is saved from too few plants. Minimum population size: 100 plants. Corn is cross pollinated and will cross with all other corn varieties. It is wind pollinated which can carry pollen for several miles so corn seed can be contaminated by GMO field corn. Isolate corn from other varieties by at least 2 miles. Harvest seed from the interior (as opposed to the outer rows) to help minimize crossing.

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Description

90 days. Developed in the early 1800’s, this is the sweetest, most tender open-pollinated sweet corn we know of. Ears are 8" long, kernels are white, sweet and tender. This here is good ol' fashioned sweet corn flavor! Throughout the 20th century, sweet corn breeding was entirely focused on breeding extra sweet F1 hybrid sweet corns, leaving open-pollinated sweet corns overwhelmingly neglected by breeders. Consequently, most folks are familiar with the sugary sweetness delivered by hybrid sweet corn and are not familiar with the milder sweetness of most open-pollinated corn. If you’re looking for a super sugary sweet corn, you may be disappointed. But if you’d like to experience our great grandparents’ corn, Stowell's Evergreen will take you there. Vigorous, tall plants work well for 3 sisters (corn-beans-squash) planting.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA zone 5):

Corn needs fertile soil with a lot of compost/manure. Corn is wind pollinated so you should grow at least 16 corn plants (plant in a block – not in a row) so that enough pollen from the tassels will land on the silks to pollinate all of the kernels to produce full ears of corn. Not enough space for 16 plants? You can hand pollinate your corn (look online for instructions). Plant corn seeds after the soil has warmed to at least 65° (May 20th - June 15th). Plant seeds 6” apart in rows 36” apart (thin plants to 12” apart). Plant at least 4 rows of 4 plants in a block. Days to germination: 3-12. Alternatively, corn can be planted in a “Three Sisters Planting”: Sow 5-6 seeds (2-3” apart) per patch, 4 feet between patches. One week later, plant pole beans (4-5 seeds) encircling corn. One week after that, plant winter squash (5-6 seeds) encircling the beans. Thin seedlings to: 3-4 corn plants, 2 pole beans, 3-4 squash per patch.

Harvest:

Harvest Stowell’s Evergreen sweet corn as soon as the ears fill out with full size kernels. Ears left on the plant too long will become starchy. It is normal for the top portion of the ear to be bare (not filled in with kernels). 

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Corn is a difficult seed saving crop. Corn suffers from inbreeding depression if seed is saved from too few plants. Minimum population size: 100 plants. Corn is cross pollinated and will cross with all other corn varieties. It is wind pollinated which can carry pollen for several miles so corn seed can be contaminated by GMO field corn. Isolate corn from other varieties by at least 2 miles. Harvest seed from the interior (as opposed to the outer rows) to help minimize crossing.

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