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Sweet Corn

"Indian Summer"

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'Indian Summer' plants look like any other sweet corn but when you open the husk and look at the festive colored kernels you know you've got a unique ear of corn. 'Indian Summer' kernels are yellow, white, red or purple.

It is a sh2 supersweet corn that needs to be planted when the soil has warmed to about 60 or warmer to insure uniform germination.. 'Indian Summer' plants require isolation from other corn pollen by 500 feet or a 14 day difference in any other sweet corn maturity date. 'Indian Summer' ears are large, about 8 inches, and gardeners need to check the corn silk for maturity about 79 days from sowing seed. As the ears of corn mature, the color develops. 'Indian Summer' festive colors actually intensify as the ear cooks.

Gourmet cooks will serve this tender, delicious sweet corn for the flavor and unique colorful presentation.

Genus, species: Zea mays

Common name:  sweet corn

Cob size:  7-8 inches (20cm) 16-18 rows

Kernel colors:   yellow, white, red, purple

Plant height:  84 inches

Ear height:  30 inches

Garden spacing:  in rows 6-8 inches apart

Unique qualities: multicolored kernels, sweet flavor

Length of time from sowing seed to harvest:  about 79 days

Closest comparisons on market:   'Honey & Pearl,' 'Appaloosa'

Photo: Judy Sedbrook

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Date last revised: 01/05/2010