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Heirloom Vegetables: Luther Hill Corn

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Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2003
1:54 AM

Post #442600

Does anyone remember Luther Hill corn? Small, white, ears, very delicate flavor, the first corn to come in each year. Was grown in Sussex County and area of Northern NJ years ago.
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2003
10:10 PM

Post #444846

John, boy do I ever. We used to eat them right off the stalk. I remember it as the best corn ever.
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2003
6:10 PM

Post #447654

elsie, glad you remember this corn also, what a treat it was! I tried growing some many years ago, had to get seed from Canada. Would like to try it again! John
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

January 12, 2003
8:39 PM

Post #447739

I remember when you could get Luther Hill corn almost everywhere here in Sussex County. I don't think I have enough space to grow corn, but I'm going to get some seeds for my Dad. Bluejay from KY suggested Organic Seed in Oregon.
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2003
10:34 PM

Post #447806

Will check them out, thanks, Elsie! If you get some, let me know if you'd like to do a trade! John
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

January 13, 2003
2:05 AM

Post #447935

John, I'm going to order them for my Dad. I'll be happy to send you some. I wonder if you would know. How do you save corn seeds for the next year? Since I've never grown corn it's something I've never even thought about.
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2003
2:50 AM

Post #447953

elsie, that would be great, thanks! I never saved any corn seed, but I would guess let the corn get really ripe then let it dry out? We'll find out so we can save this wonderful heirloom! John
Ponditis
Payette, ID
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2003
5:34 AM

Post #448017

Lots of sweet corn seed is grown around here. They let the corn cobs dry on the stalk until it is almost totally dry before they harvest it. Don't plant your corn in the same area as other corns or you will have hybrid seeds. Good Luck, Lani
Pardancanda
"down the Shore", NJ
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2003
1:54 PM

Post #448158

Thanks for the information, Lani! So, we should leave it right on the stalk until it is dry... John
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

January 13, 2003
10:00 PM

Post #448498

Thanks, that is great to know. I'll have to tell my Dad. Hopefully when he gets back up north we'll get together for dinner - he can bring the corn and I'll bring the tomatoes.
Ponditis
Payette, ID
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2003
4:12 AM

Post #448676

yup and if you want to really foil the cross contamination of nearby corn you remove the tassels from the corn that you don't want pollen from. Just as soon as the tassels come out of the stalk clip them off. If you want to raise crossbred corn, you clip the tassels off the mother stalks and leave them on the father stalks. LOL Right now my mind can't remember the proper terms but I am sure you get what my meaning is. LOL
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

September 23, 2003
2:08 PM

Post #658413

John, did you have any luck with the corn?
cfrei
Chino Valley, AZ

June 29, 2012
7:26 AM

Post #9185972

My father grew the corn in the 1950's. I worked as a teacher in Andover Township, NJ. Luther Hill was from there. I had children name Hill in my classes. I found a grower from Canada who sent me seed. I would love to find that guy and get more.
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

June 29, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #9186433

This is a blast from the past. I know you can buy the seed at several online sites.
cfrei
Chino Valley, AZ

November 20, 2012
8:33 AM

Post #9338032

I tried organic seed company. Could not find any Luther hill. Any other ideas. Lafayette is on of my favorite places in Sussex county after Andover.
elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

November 20, 2012
3:31 PM

Post #9338376

I do believe there are sources in Sussex County but you have to be here. Here is a link I found.
http://sustainableseedco.com/Luther-Hill-Sweet-Corn-Seeds.html
cfrei
Chino Valley, AZ

December 5, 2012
4:16 PM

Post #9350786

THANK YOU. I have searched and this is the firt sourse I found. Missing gardening in Sussex co. Now in Az. - no water.

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