- 68 to 80 days
- Heirloom variety (open pollinated)
- 20 gram package contains approximately 120 Golden Bantam 8 Sweet Corn Seeds; 2 oz. package contains approximately 330 seeds; 4 oz. package contains approximately 670 seeds; 8 oz. package contains approximately 1340 seeds.
- Also found in Family Survival Seed Pack and our Preparedness Seed Bank.
- Germination: 6 to 12 days at 70 to 80 F.
- Plant seeds 2 inches deep 12 inches apart with 30 to 36 inches between rows.
Golden Bantam 8 Corn is a wonderful open-pollinated corn that grows ears with 8 rows of golden kernels. The stalks grow up to 6 feet tall and are high-yielding. This reliable corn is very popular for good reason. Best enjoyed freshly picked, or you can freeze right away for later use.
There is nothing quite like corn that is freshly picked from the garden. Gardeners can enjoy growing and eating corn that is especially sweet (such as sugary enhanced and supersweet varieties) or regular, depending on their preference for sweetness and taste. This warm-season veggie is a favorite during the summer and a staple for barbeques and outdoor gatherings. Corn commonly has kernels that are white, yellow, or bicolor (mixture of both). Seed may be saved after harvest for planting in subsequent years. The Golden Bantam variety of corn seeds was developed to be earlier and sweeter than other types of corn, and became well known for its vibrant, golden color. The stalks provide five to six inch long ears, and can tolerate dry temperatures.
Planting, Growing, and Harvesting:
Corn needs plenty of space, so plant seeds in an area where other plants will not be overshadowed. Corn will grow tall and feed heavily from the soil. Plant corn in rows or blocks to help with pollination (which occurs from wind). Keep corn well watered and remove weeds from the area. Corn plants will need full sun and fertile, well-drained soil
When planting, take into account that corn can cross-pollinate with other varieties of corn. This can be an issue with the sweet kinds of corn, since pollination from regular corn can negatively affect your sweet corn crop. For this reason, it is advised that you isolate the corn for best results.
To harvest corn, look for ears that appear plump and have brown, dried silk. You can pull back the husk a little and check the kernels to be sure—they should produce a milky (instead of clear) liquid when poked with your fingernail. Be sure the stalk is secured and steady before you pull the ear off or you may damage the plant. Plants generally produce 1-3 ears each.
Recipes/How to Use:
Cook and eat corn by itself right off the ear. You can remove the kernels and use in all kinds of recipes: salads, soups, casseroles, bread, salsas, and much more.
Easy Boiled Corn on the Cob
Fresh corn ears
Enough water to cover the ears in a pot
Salt and pepper
Boil salted water in a large pot.
Husk corn and remove the silk. Wash ears. Add to boiling water, let water return to boiling, and cook covered for about 5-7 minutes. Drain water. Serve the corn with desired amount of butter, salt, and pepper.