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Luther Hill Sweet Corn Seeds

Organic Luther Hill Sweet Corn Seeds

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Organic Luther Hill Sweet Corn Seeds (65- 78 days)

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1/2 OZ ~80 heirloom sweet corn seeds

Developed in 1902 by Luther Hill of Andover Township, Sussex County, NJ.

Luther Hill produces 5' stalks.  Each main stalk yields two 5-6" ears.  Our strain also produces 2-5 stools (side shoots), each of which can bear an additional 2 ears.

Very sweet.  Remember Luther Hill is like any other old time sweet corn, it is at its peak for about 2-3 weeks.  No more!  Learn to pick it when it's at the peak.

Stand-ability (standing up in the wind) is moderate.  It needs some protection from heavy winds.  We are working to breed a stronger strain, but this will take a number of years.

Very cool tolerant corn.  We grew it 14 miles off the California coast.  Night time temps were 55 degrees with coastal fog.  Amazing corn.  Grown as far north as Canada.

Very rare and hard to find sweet corn.


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1-2" 150-200 70-80 4-8 12-24" 6-8" 15 lb. Full

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Planting Tips:

When to Plant Heirloom Corn Seed:  The most common mistake people make is planting corn seed too early, causing the seed to rot in the cold soil.  Heirloom corn is believed to have originated in Mexico.  If you are thinking margaritas, palm trees and hot sandy beaches, you are on the right track.  Heirloom corn hates the cold.  There are a few corn varieties that you can put in the soil when it's below 65 degrees, but not many.  If you want to get a jump start on corn then plant in the greenhouse and transplant corn to the garden later when ALL DANGER OF FROST IS PAST.  Do not let these corn  transplants get much bigger than 4-6"s or they will not develop properly later.  Make sure what you plant your corn seed in has nice deep trays and try not to disturb the roots too much when transplanting your heirloom corn seedlings.

Planting heirloom corn seed: 
Corn does best on a deep, well-drained soil which has an abundant and uniform supply of water throughout the growing season. 

Fertilization:  The Indians were dead on planting a fish under every corn plant.  Heirloom corn is a greedy feeder and will produce much better with an ample supply of nitrogen.  I plant plenty of fava beans in the spring and chop them into the ground a few weeks before I plant corn seed.  Favas put amazing amounts of nitrogen into the ground naturally and without harsh chemicals.  I also work in plenty of composted manure and a bit of bone/blood meal.   Many folks use alfalfa in the same way as fava beans for excellent results with corn..

Bulk Heirloom Corn Seed For Sale:  You will find many of our heirloom corns in bulk quantities for sale.  We have tried hard to locate as many quality heirloom corn varieties as possible.  The greatest expense these days is shipping bulk heirloom corn wholesale because of the high fuel prices and the heavy weight of bulk corn quantities.  

Seeding Rate:

55,000-65,000 plants/acre, 18-40 lb. per acre.

Developmenal Problems:

Many strange things can happen to corn when it is developing from seed emergence to harvest time.  This poster (to the right) from Ohio State University gives you a good illustration of what can and does happen.

This link from OSU is an excellent resource for troubleshooting potential issues with your corn as well: http://agcrops.osu.edu/specialists/corn/specialist-announcements/ear-abnormalities/troubleshooting-abnormal-corn-ears-and-related-disorders#LowTemp


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