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Original 8-row Golden Bantam Corn

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Golden Bantam 8- Row Corn Seed (70-85 days)

*Please be aware that a negative test result, while not guaranteeing genetic purity, greatly improves your chances that the seed is NOT contaminated with Genetically Engineered traits .  PCR Analysis tests are costly, but we are committed to our stance on GE contamination in our seed.

Golden Bantam Corn was introduced to the corn market by W. Atlee Burpee in 1902.  Golden Bantam Corn has a fantastic sweet flavor that is great for fresh eating or freezing.  This has been the family standard for sweet corn for generations now and there is a good reason for that.  Golden Bantam Corn is reliable, adaptable and very sweet for an open pollinated heirloom corn.

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1906 Keith & Co. Seed catalogs says about Golden Bantam Corn Seed...
"A sterling novelty of extreme hardiness. Can be planted earlier than any other true sweet form; is then the first corn to produce cobs for the table. Is superior to all other corn in rich, sweet flavor, and is the best corn to grow for home use."

1932 Burpee's Seed Company catalog says about Golden Bantam Corn Seed...
"America's favorite sweet corn!  The name alone fairly makes one's mouth water in recollection of that indescribably tasty flavor that has given  Burpee's Golden Bantam the enviable reputation of being the sweetest of all.  Its handy size (the ears measure 5-6" in length) gives it an added advantage because its is so easily eaten from the cob.  The broad, deep golden yellow kernels contain an abundance of juicy sweet pulp that for over a score of years has taken its place as the best in quality corn.  The corn plants grow 5-6' tall and bear one or two ears per plant."

1936 James Seed Company catalog says about Golden Bantam Corn Seed...
"Still the best of all varieties of sweet corn. This strain has for 20 years been bred to the most rigid standards of excellence. Golden Bantam grows only 4 feet high, bearing 2 to 4 ears to each stalk; the ears are 5 to 8 inches in length, of a beautiful yellow when ready for use, and a most delicious flavor. Plant early in rows 3 feet apart, 10 inches between the plants in the rows. Never plant corn in a long single row, always plant in a block of 3 or more rows. On well-drained ground Golden Bantam corn will stand light frost while young. For main crop plant corn seed during the second week in May, and a planting three weeks later will further prolong the season, and Golden Bantam season cannot last too long. Give the land thorough cultivation as often as possible, and the most delicious ears of sweet corn you ever tasted will be your reward."

texas golden bantam corn seedGolden Bantam corn has been grown in those hot Texas summers for many years.  This is one of the best heirloom sweet corns for Texas.  Corn needs nights well above 55 degrees and hot daytime temps to really produce well and Texas surely has that.  Many a sultry summer night you may lay awake so hot you stick to the sheets, but its good to know your corn sure likes it!  It all makes sense because corn is believed to be native to Texas' neighbor Mexico. 

Golden Bantam corn is getting much harder to get as GE and Hybrid corns now dominate the market.   Open Pollinated (OP) corns in general are getting very rare.   I urge you to learn to save seed and become a seed saver.   Remember, you must have at least 200 plants to save seed from for genetic diversity.  More is better of course.  Other corn pollen such as that from GE corn, will contaminate your OP corn and can reach a mile or more.  Prevent this with hand pollination.  Learn how in the video below.

Watch this video to learn more:


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1-2" 100 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, which makes the seed 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 with their method of 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 fro 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:

22,000-25,000 plants/acre, 9-12 lb. per acre.

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.

Developmenalt 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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