Approximately 3-4 seeds per gram. Zea mays
Lot# CO34519 Simonet is a Canadian corn, which was developed by Rob Simonet of Edmonton in 1920. It is a short season variety with short stalks growing only to 1.5m (5’) tall. Simonet produces plump 15-16cm (6”) ears and yields 8-14 rows good corn flavor, sweet when picked and eaten straight away. Like many true open-pollinated corns, they convert their sugar to starch more rapidly than hybrids. Simonet has a remarkable resistance to rot in cold soils. There are 2 cobs per stalk and the tassels and silks are either blond or red. Cobs are set very close to the ground. Harvesting usually takes place in the beginning of August
Direct sow in loose, well worked soil after soil has warmed to about 18° C (65°F). Plant seeds 2.5-5.0 cm (1-2") deep, space seeds 10-15cm (4-6”) apart and once corn has germinated, thin to 20-30 cm (8-12”) apart with the rows at 55-75cm (22-30”) apart. Corn is a wind pollinated species so plant in blocks of rows 60-91 cm, (2-3') apart and up to 4-6 rows to ensure germination. Keep weed free if possible. After corn is 30 cm, (12") tall, thin to about every 15-20 cm, (6-8") apart.
Height at Maturity: 1.5m (5) tall. Spread is about 30cm (12”).
Days to Maturity: 60-75 days for mature cobs.
Watering: Corn will require about 5cm (2”) of water per week or about 0.75mm (0.03”) per day once the seeds emerge. Water consumption increases dramatically as temperatures and wind increase, pushing water consumption to 9mm (0.35”) per day in July and August.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: 15-20 cm, (6-8") apart. Plants in rows that are 55-75cm (22-30”) apart.
Additional Information These plants will grow in almost any soil condition. The trick to having a successful harvest of corn is getting the cobs to maturity. The maturity of the ears (cobs) is not effected by the size of the plant, nor by day-length, nor by water, but by the accumulated heat the plant has had while it grew. They call this the “heat units”. Only temperatures above 50 F count after the last killing frost of spring. Temperatures above 50 F add up to create the heat units. Corn plants generally grow tall, and will shade other vegetables. Some plants will benefit from this shade, such as lettuce, but heat-loving plants must be placed so that the corn does not shade them. This heavy-feeding plant also provides a stalk for plants such as Pole Beans.