The sweetest of all the white corn varieties!
Country gentleman is a Heirloom sweet corn variety from1890. According to the 1936 James Vicks catalog: “Of all the white varieties this is surely the sweetest and most delicious corn to eat and it remains in an edible condition longer than any other variety after picking retaining its sweet flavor for a long time. Plants are 6-7 feet tall often bearing 3 ears to a stalk. The cob is unusually small and is covered with long, slender, shoe-peg like grains irregularly set.
Scientific Name: Zea mays
Plant Life Cycle: annual
Optimal Germination Temperature: 19 °C
Germination time in days: 4-21 Days
Indicative Days to maturity: 90 Days
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil requirement: well drained, fertile
Sowing and cultivation: Direct sow 1.5 cm deep in late spring when soil temperatures are over 19C. Thin plants 20-30 cm apart in 4-5 rows, and 60-90 cm apart for best pollination.
Tips: Corn is a nitrogen lover. Add manure in autumn or rich compost a few weeks before planting. Once planted, add a high-nitrogen organic fertilizer every few weeks until the corn tassels form. Keep the area weed-free, especially when they are seedlings and well watered.