Golden Bantam 8 Row sweet Corn is a benchmark of heirloom yellow sweet corn.
Introduced in 1902 by W. Altee Burpee, it was grown by a farmer named Williams Chambers of Greenfield, Mass. From the 1906 Keith Seed Catalog, "Is superior to all others in rich, sweet flavor, and is the best corn to grow for home use".
Old time hearty flavor that is rich yet not sugary sweet, 5-6' stalk, slender 5-7" ears. 8 rows of medium deep broad golden kernels with 2 or more ears per stalk, high yields and excellent flavor.
Early ripening sweet table corn, an excellent market grower and home garden variety. Freezes well on the cob.
Plant corn directly in warm and rich soil 1 or 2 weeks after last frost in spring. Germination is best in soil temperature of at least 60F. At 55F, it will be retarded, and at 50F there is minimal germination.
Plant 1-2" deep and thin to 8-10" apart in rows 30 - 36" apart. Planting 4-row blocks ensures better pollination than 2 long rows. Corn is ready when the silk on the ears is brown. Old timers say to get the barbeque hot as you go out to pick corn. The sooner it is cooked the tastier it is, and roasting it is heavenly!
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