Corn – Golden Cross Bantam
Classic standard, famous for quality and flavor. 7 inch ears that are packed with 10-14 rows of sweet, plump, tender golden kernels. Very good heirloom yellow sweet corn. Excellent for eating fresh, canning, and freezing. One of the really outstanding older garden varieties of corn. Resistant to wilt. Rich in vitamin A, B, and C. Open Pollinated.
Sowing: Plant in full sun outdoors in spring after all danger of frost and soil is warm. Sow seeds 1 to 1 1/2 inch deep in moist well drained soil. Keep seedbed moderately moist during germination.If started indoors first, transplant when 2-3 inches in height.
Germination: 7-10 days Spacing: Plant spacing: 9-12 inches apart. Space rows 30-36 inches apart. Height: 6-8 feet
Days to maturity: 81-90 days Light: Full Sun Moisture: Ample Soil: rich with ample nitrogen
Information: To extend corn harvest make successive plantings weekly up to mid July. You can also plant early, mid, and late season varieties. To get the best production on your ears plant in several smaller rows rather than one large row, as corn is wind pollinated.
Zea Mays ‘Golden Cross Bantam’ Hybrid
Golden Bantam Sweet Corn Seeds (Open Pollinated Type) 1510
Golden Bantam Sweet Corn Seeds (Open Pollinated Type) 1510 Heirloom Vegetable. First introduced in 1902, it is this old favourite that was responsible for changing the public colour preference in sweet corn from white to yellow. A true eight rowed cob with broad, sweet golden kernels on cobs 17.5 cm (7″) long. A delicious tasting corn for any hard-to-please palate! Irrigation is essential for proper kernel formation. Watch ripeness carefully. Pick before kernels over-ripen for best flavour and texture.
How to Grow
6 seed/gram. When planting in rows, space the seed 10-15 cm (4-6″) apart, later thinning to 20-30 cm (8-12″) apart with the rows 55-75 cm (22-30″) apart. To ensure proper pollination, plant at least 3 to 4 rows. Corn can also be planted with 3 to 4 seeds per hill in hills spaced 30 cm (12″) apart. Plant 250 gr (1/2 lb) to a 30 m (100′) row; 4.5-6.8 kg (10-15 lbs) per acre. Work in a good general vegetable fertilizer at planting, keep weeds under control and the soil evenly watered through the season. Sow only when soils have warmed to 18 C. Some years this happens in mid May, other years we need to wait until late May or early June.