Sweet Corn, Candy Mountain (Organic)
Zea mays. Sweet. 70-80 days.
An early-mid season open pollinated, yellow sweet corn, with mixed sugar enhanced (SE) and normal sugary (SU) kernels. This combo gives Candy Mountain a rich flavor that is sweeter than “old timey” corn but not as sweet as most modern corn. The SE trait will keep this corn sweet for a few days after picking. Selected in Montana from the classic 1978 hybrid Kandy Korn. The original hybrid is known for its great cool soil emergence and early season vigor. We found Candy Mountain to have similar characteristics and it definitely grows well in our western Oregon climate with good early maturity. As with most open pollinated corn, there is some pleasant variation but we are selecting for 7″ long cobs with 12 rows of rich yellow SE kernels. Short plants have a burgundy tinge to the husks and leaves which is very beautiful in the field. We thank Seeds Trust for making this variety available.
Corn does best when direct sown 1” deep, spaced at 12” centers, but can be planted as close as 8″ apart if given enough fertility. If sowing early in cold soil we recommend soaking seed overnight in water before sowing. Sow once danger of frost has passed. For optimal pollination do not plant a single row, instead plant 3-4 rows in blocks of at least 100 plants. Use row cover to protect emerging seedlings from birds and insects.
Harvest cobs for grain or seed when stalks are brown and ears are dry. Fold husk back and leave indoors to finish drying completely. Remove kernels by rubbing two cobs together, or by hand. Test for dryness with a hammer; dry kernels shatter. Isolate from other corn by distance –1 mile – or time, two weeks – between sowings.