Golden Bantam is the oldest of the Home Grown Heirloom Corn varieties that's still kicking around.
It's still popular for good reasons - It has great flavor, sprouts well in cooler soil and produces a reasonable yield. The original version was introduced in 1902 by Burpee and is now referred to as Golden Bantam 8 for its 8 rows of kernels. Newer Improved strains have 12 and sometimes more rows.
It can also be started indoors in containers and transplanted outdoors at an opportune time.
Stalks are 5 to 5.5 feet tall and typically bear 2, but sometimes only one 5.5 to 6.5 inch ear.
Corn Should be planted in blocks as opposed to rows and should not be planted near other varieties of Corn [See - Isolating Sweet Corn.] Cross pollination tends to produce poor tasting starchy corn.
Golden Bantam Corn can be seeded directly into the soil, or it can also be started indoors and later transplanted. Whichever mode you choose, Plant it in blocks, at least four rows wide, for proper pollination and well-filled ears
Sowing depth Aprox. 1.5 inches
Germination 7 to 9 days
Maturity at 70 - 80 days.
Color - Yellow
Seed Spacing - 4 to 6 inches apart.
Row spacing - 3 - 3.5 feet
USDA Hardiness Zones 3- 11
Plant Size 5 - 5.5 Feet Tall
Ear Size - 5.5 - 6.5 Inches Long
Average Yields per Sq. Footage - Anticipate 2 Ears per Stalk but don't be disappointed if you only get one on some stalks.
Corn has shallow roots, and uses a lot of nitrogen as well as trace elements. To help your crop get off to the best start possible, prepare the soil first with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. Well rotted manure or compost is also helpful.
Plant in the northern side of the garden as corn stalks will deny sunlight to the rest of your garden crops ,you also might want to grow some where it will provide shade to plants that can not tolerate full sunlight.
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