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ZEA mays 'Candy Store'

Image of Zea mays var. rugosa 'Candy Store'

Family

Poaceae

Botanical Name

ZEA mays var. rugosa 'Candy Store'

Plant Common Name

Sweet Corn

General Description

As its name suggests ‘Candy Store’ is one super sweet (Sh2) bi-colored corn. In summer it produces lots of medium-sized ears with crisp, sweet, yellow and white kernels. The plants are vigorous and are mid-season producers. The ears should be ready to harvest 78 to 80 days from sowing.

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, ‘Candy Store’ produces seeds that do not come true (if planted, the seeds produce plants different in many ways from the parent), so plant seeds from a seed company. Nothing makes the summer sweeter or tastier than sweet corn from your garden.

Characteristics

  • 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

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, North America, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Fruit Color

    White, Yellow

  • Fruit Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • 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

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes