Martian Jewels Sweet Corn
Full-bodied, classic sweet corn ears adorn beautiful plants.
Jaw-dropping, high-contrast, white sweet corn with a dark burgundy husk, and bi-color green and burgundy foliage. Not only is the contrast evident in peeling back the husk, but once you take a bite, the deep scarlet cob is revealed too! Sweet and delicious in addition to its stunning looks. An original series of crosses made by Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds, Martian Jewels contains flour corn, sugary corn, and sugary enhanced corns in its parentage. This sweet corn also multi-tasks in the kitchen, and can be used as a cooking and flour corn .
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Growing corn is pretty easy if you provide your seeds with highly fertile soil. Seed can be sown in early- to mid-May depending on the year (corn likes a slightly-warmed-up soil for germination). For continued harvest all season, sow crops at two-week intervals until mid-summer. Drop seeds into furrows about 1 inch deep. Begin with spacing of three to four inches and thin the plants once up to a spacing of six to eight inches. Rows should be a good 30 or 42 inches apart with this spacing, which matches common widths of garden beds.
Some years corn needs very little attention, but in dry years it will need irrigating. It thrives during the summers when subtropical weather settles in for a couple months. Many critters love to munch on corn, including rodents and, most notoriously, raccoons. Avoid growing corn near chicken coops or pest attractants, and be sure to surround your garden with a good critter fence.
When ears fill out, check regularly for sweetness; open-pollinated corn does not last long in the field at peak ripeness. Peel back the husk and press your thumb into a kernel; if it pops open and yields a sweet milky fluid, pluck a dozen and throw them in a pot. It's hard to beat sweet corn fresh from the garden--even the freshest ears from roadside stands do not compare.
|Days to Germination
|4 to 6 days
|Days to Maturity
|Spacing in Row
|Spacing Between Rows
|Height at Maturity
|72 to 96 inches
|Width at Maturity