This corn was planted on April 17th, and the photo was taken on May 21st. A second planting was done on May 21st in the lower part of this bed.
We planted an open pollinated sweet corn this year so that we can save the seeds for next year's planting. It is called Stowell's Evergreen from Territorial Seed Company. It produces a ripe ear of corn in 80 to 100 days. It is advertised to ripen over time, holding its fresh taste in the field so the ears do not have to be picked all at once.
It may not be as sweet as some of the hybrid supersweet corn, but at least we will be able to save our own seeds for next year if this variety's taste characteristics merit it.
We are going to plant two beds of corn this year, staggered over four plantings. Each planting will have 3 rows, and each row will be 8 feet in length. I am going to stagger each planting by 30 days, so we have ripe corn from July through the end of October.
Below, you will see a photograph of our first two plantings of corn, taken on June 18th. The first planting should be ready to start harvesting by the first or second week of July.
The mature stalks are probably 6 to 7 feet tall. The amazing thing about this planting is how fragrant the corn blossoms are at the top of each plant. I had not noticed the hybrid sweet corn being fragrant last year. Last year's corn may have been fragrant, and I just did not notice. However, this corn is very, very fragrant. I can smell it from about 15 feet away, and you cannot miss it. It has a very sweet, rich, almost cloying fragrance.