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Earlier than Silver Queen and every bit as delicious!

  • Genus: Zea
  • Species: mays var. rugosa
  • Variety: Silver King Hybrid
  • Days To Maturity: 82
  • Fruit Color: White
  • Habit: Upright
  • Plant Height: 6 ft – 7 ft
  • Additional Characteristics: Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Heirloom
  • Harvest Season: Late Summer, Mid Summer
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist,  well-drained
  • Resistance: Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Northern Corn Leaf Blight, Rust, Stewart’s Wilt
  • Soil Tolerance: Normal,  loamy
  • Uses: Beds, Cuisine, Outdoor
  • Restrictions:
    *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
    Canada

82 days from direct-sowing.

This year, why not grow the Royal Family of sweet corn — Silver King, Silver Queen, and Golden Queen? You’ll have great eating all season from these classic varieties!

Silver King, a Sugar Enhanced (S. E.) type, is the earliest of the royal family to mature, with slightly larger ears than its Queen — 16 to 18 tightly packed rows of snowy kernels pack every ear of this succulent hybrid! Stuffed with succulent, sweet flavor and a nice crunch, they are absolutely irresistible. You can enjoy them fresh off the plant, too!

The stalks reach 6 to 7 feet high and are wonderfully resilient, tolerating Rust, Stewart’s Wilt, and Northern Corn Leaf Blight. This is a variety that has stood the test of time and is still a favorite among discerning gardeners and diners everywhere. New varieties may come and go, but Silver King remains a beloved favorite, and a great choice for new gardeners thanks to its superior disease resistance.

Direct-sow corn seeds after the last spring frost, when the soil has warmed. Corn is famously easy to grow in any sunny spot, but be sure to plant it outdoors — it doesn’t transplant well. To extend your corn harvest, make successive sowings weekly up until mid-July, or plant varieties with differing maturity dates. Consider growing a Three Sisters planting as well — corn, beans, and squash planted together all help each other grow and produce their best, as the Native Americans knew centuries ago!

Corn seed in packet sizes of 1 lb. or smaller is now available for shipment to Canada!

Corn Germination Information

How to Sow Corn:

  • Best sown outdoors in situ after all danger of frost is past in the spring
  • Sow in a warm soil
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors, 2 weeks before last frost, at a temperature of 70-75°
  • For a continuous crop of sweet corn, sow every 2 weeks until early spring
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seed and expect germination in 7-10 days

How to Grow Corn:
Transplanting: Thin seedlings to 3-12 inches apart or transplant to same distance when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space rows 24-36 inches apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in full sun in an acidic to alkaline, fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Keep well fertilized

Appearance and Use:

Plants grow to 15 feet tall by 3 feet wide with long, strap-shaped green leaves. It is grown for the sweet corn that is eaten fresh (it also cans and freezes well) and for the dried kernels that become Pop Corn. Harvest sweet corn when the silks have dried; harvest pop corn when the stalks have dried. Sweet corn cobs are also used as animal silage and the stalks as fodder

About Corn:
Botanical name: Zea mays
Pronunciation:  ze’å maz
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Poaceae; native to tropical America

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