Early Golden Bantam, Corn Seed
Early Golden Bantam corn, also known simply as Golden Bantam, is a classic and iconic sweet corn variety with a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. Introduced in 1902 by W. Atlee Burpee, it quickly became one of the most popular corn varieties in the United States. This heirloom corn is cherished for its exceptional flavor and remains a favorite among home gardeners and corn enthusiasts.
In terms of taste, Early Golden Bantam corn is celebrated for its exceptional sweetness and tender kernels. When harvested at its peak ripeness, the kernels are a vibrant golden-yellow color and offer a rich, full-bodied corn flavor that is a true delight to the palate. It is often considered one of the sweetest heirloom corn varieties available, making it a standout choice for those seeking a delectable corn-eating experience.
The corn stalks typically reach a height of about 5 to 6 feet, producing small to medium-sized ears that are around 6-7 inches long. Early Golden Bantam corn has a relatively short maturity period, usually taking about 75-80 days from planting to harvest, making it suitable for regions with shorter growing seasons. Each ear contains approximately 8 rows of kernels, with 12-14 rows per inch. It is a prolific producer, and each stalk usually yields 1 to 2 ears.
To successfully grow Early Golden Bantam corn, you should provide it with well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Plant the seeds in full sun and ensure they receive consistent moisture throughout the growing season. Adequate spacing between rows (about 30 inches) allows for good air circulation and prevents overcrowding. This variety is also known for its resistance to common corn pests and diseases. Planting in blocks rather than single rows can improve pollination, leading to more uniform ears. Overall, Early Golden Bantam corn is a beloved heirloom variety that offers a combination of historical significance and exceptional flavor, making it a delightful addition to any garden or dinner plate.
Corn Seed TypeUntreated
Botanical NameZea mays
Seeds Per Gram4
Seeds Per Pound1,990
Seeds Per Ounce124
TypesOLD FASHION CORN
Sow MethodDirect Sow
Days To Maturity (# Days)75-80
Seeds Per Acre16 lbs
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Corn is grown for its cob, to make popcorn or for ornamental decoration. It can be made in a variety of different ways, such as grilling, boiling or steaming.
Before Planting: It is not recommended to start corn seeds indoors.
Planting: Cold soil planting risks poor germination. Even treated corn seeds risk low germination under 60°F. Only treated seeds of good cold-germinating varieties may be sown in 55°F soil if warmer weather is anticipated. We recommend planting UNTREATED seeds when soil is warm, at least 65°F. Floating row covers may be used on early plantings to help moderate soil temperature. Each corn variety will state if it is TREATED or UNTREATED in the characteristics tab. Keep Super Sweets corn varieties a minimum of 300 feet from non-Super Sweet varieties. Sow 3/4-1″ deep, 6-7″ apart (treated) & 4-5″ (untreated), rows 30-36″ apart. Arrange in blocks of at least 4 rows for proper pollination, which is needed for well-filled ears. Successive plantings can be made through early summer; most growers prefer to extend the sweet corn season by planting a few varieties of different maturities. Once corn reaches to be 4 inches tall, thin out to 8-12 inches apart.
Watering: Corn must be well-watered due to their shallow roots. Corn requires 5 gallons of watering per square foot of crop.
Fertilizer: Fertilization can be done at the time of planting, as corn is meant to grow quickly, and it is a hungry plant. Fertilize the corn every 30 days. Corn doesn’t prefer a certain kind of fertilizer by following the fertilizer’s instructions.
Days to Maturity: Varies widely with weather conditions and planting dates. Use these figures to compare one variety to another, not to accurately predict maturity on a given day. All corn varieties will have average maturity dates available. Also can be search by early, mid and late season harvest corn varieties. (See each variety for days to maturity)
Harvesting: When kernels are full and “milky,” generally indicated by a drying and browning of the ear silks. Record the date on which about half the plants show silk. Corn is ready to eat 18-24 days after ear silks first show; the warmer the weather, the sooner you can pick it.
Tips: Weed carefully to not damage the roots. Water retention may be done by mulching the corn plants.
AVG. Seeding Rate: 1M/500′, 5M/2,500′, 25M/12,500′, 30M/acre at 2 seeds/ft. in rows 36″ apart.
Seed Count: Average seed counts can be found on each variety corn variety page. On average a 1 ounce packet will sow a 75′ row at a seed sowed every 6″.
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