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ZEA mays var. rugosa 'Bandit'
Bandit Sweet Corn, Sweet Corn
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.
12 - 4
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
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
Hybrid Origin, North America, Central America, South America
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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