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ZEA mays 'Bandit'

Image of Zea mays var. rugosa 'Bandit'



Botanical Name

ZEA mays var. rugosa 'Bandit'

Plant Common Name

Bandit Sweet Corn, Sweet Corn

General Description

The classic yellow sweet corn, 'Bandit, produces high yields of medium-sized, slightly tapered ears. The plants are moderately resistant to Maize Dwarf Mosaic Virus and quite vigorous. Ears are ready for harvest around 80 days after planting.

Corn is a warm season annual garden vegetable. In the tropics, it is grown in the fall and winter. In cooler areas plant in the spring, the tall grassy plants will take off as soon as days and nights lose their chill. They develop tall stalks with long, thick arching green blades. It has two flower types; the pollen-producing male tassels and the ears or seed-producing female flowers. Sweet corn should be protected from cross-pollination by hard corn types, such as field, pop or flint, because it can reduce sweetness.

Grow corn in full hot sun and fertile, nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. Water the plants regularly until ears reach full size. It is necessary to grow several rows of corn together for good pollination. For successive harvests, plant a new block when the seedlings in the previous block are a foot tall. The ears are ready to harvest when the silks have browned and the kernels are plump with milky-white juice. It is essential to pick corn at its prime and store it properly. You can tell when an ear is ready if the kernels are full, plump and properly colored. Another test is to pierce a plump kernel with your nail. If it emits milky juice, it is ready.

Sweet corn is a must for the large warm season veggie garden. Like all sweet corn hybrids, ‘Bandit’ produces seeds that do not come true (if planted, the seeds produce plants different in many ways from their parent), so start with seeds from a seed company. Nothing makes the summer sweeter or tastier than sweet corn from your garden.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time


  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, North America, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH


  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Fruit Color


  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing