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PlantFiles: Sweet Corn
Zea mays 'Golden Bantam Improved'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays (maze) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Bantam Improved
Hybridized by Burpee; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1902

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days

Kernel Color:

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral melody On Jan 30, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have not grown this variety, information only.

This is the improved version of the original Golden Bantam corn was selected for longer ears and greater tenderness.

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 1, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Golden Bantam introduced in the early 20's paved the way for yellow sweet corns. My Father would eat no other after it came on the market. It is delicious and far superior as a sweet corn to its white contemporaries like Shoe Peg and Howling Mob. It is easy to grow and prolific although it can't hold a candle to modern hybrids. Some older farmers never took to it because of its size. As one related to me, he wouldn't plant any corn that a Jaybird could eat while standing on the ground.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Augusta, Georgia
Cleveland, Tennessee
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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