Country Gentleman Sweet Corn Seed

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Among the best heirloom shoepeg corns. This type of white corn is named for the way its sweet, delicious, milky kernels form very deeply in the cob, resembling “shoe pegs.” There are no rows, just an irregular zigzag pattern, which also distinguishes it. The tall plants are big producers and hold ears on the plant better than most open-pollinated corn. The sweetness is not overly cloying like some sweet corn, and it doesn’t lose its texture with prolonged heat, making it exceptionally good for roasting/grilling, canning and slow-cooker recipes. Photo courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.

  • Days to germinate: 7-14
  • Days to maturity: 90
  • Start indoors: Not recommended
  • Sow outdoors when temperatures reach 60º
  • Seed spacing: 5-6” apart in rows 2-3’ apart
  • Seed depth: 1-2”
  • Produce size: 7-8” ears
  • Yield: 3 or more ears per plant
  • Origin: Circa 1890

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2-3 ears per stalk, but I picked too soon
These grow about 8-10 feet tall in full sun. I planted 6 seeds and had 100% germination. Every stalk produced 2-3 ears. I did some hand pollination, but Mason bees loved this stuff and did a lot of work for me. All ears were fully germinated with kernels. However, my inexperience and a little worry had me picking the corn too early, so it was somewhat hard for us and without much flavor. The husks were opening and letting bugs in, I probably should have left them on for at least a week or two longer. I was very pleased with the production, but think I won't be planting any next year in favor of other plants we use more frequently. If we were bigger on corn, I would plant more rows and keep this variety in my garden.
October 10, 2018
over 3 years ago