Approximately 3-4 seeds
per gram. Zea mays Lot# CO34503 Early Golden Bantam Corn is an old time favorite selected for its tenderness & sweet flavor. It is a fast maturing corn with stocks growing 1.5-2 m (5-6′) tall. Sweet golden yellow 15-19 cm, (6.5-7") ears, with 8 rows. Ideal for freezing and fresh "corn on the cob" eating. Produces an abundance of delicious sweet corn. Golden Bantam corn seeds are unusual because they are open pollinated and one of the few corn varieties that produce well in our climate but are also suitable for seed saving.
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 10-15 cm (4-6”) apart and once corn has germinated, thin to 20-30 cm (8-12”) apart with the rows at 55-75 cm (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. After corn is 30 cm, (12") tall, thin plants to 15-20 cm (6-8") apart.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Ideal pH: 6.5-8.0.
Planting Depth: 2.5-5 cm (1-2”) deep.
Germination: 7-9 days.
Height at Maturity:1.5-2 m (5-6′) tall. Spread is about 30 cm (12”).
Days to Maturity: 75-80 days for mature cobs.
Watering: Corn will require about 5 cm (2”) of water per week or about 0.75 mm (0.03”) per day once the seeds emerge. Water consumption increases dramatically as temperatures and wind increase, pushing water consumption to 9 mm (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 55-75 cm (22-30”) apart.
Additional Information These big 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 10°C (50°F) count after the last killing frost of spring. Temperatures above 10°C (50°F) add up to create the heat units. Corn plants generally grow very 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.