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PlantFiles: Sweet Corn (Se)
Zea mays var. rugosa 'Bodacious'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays var. rugosa
Cultivar: Bodacious

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

Seed Type:

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days

Kernel Color:

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive adamus46 On Oct 12, 2012, adamus46 from Armidale
Australia wrote:

I grew this last year, it was really nice, and had a lovely flavour. It says on the pack that it doesn't produce viable seed, but I've planted it again this year.
Could the manufacturers be telling mistruths.?

Positive CurtisJones On Nov 24, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Bodacious is a gourmet sweet corn with exceptional flavor. Not found in grocery stores, it was developed for home gardeners and fresh market growers. As a truly homozygous sugary enhanced (sese) hybrid, it is widely adaptable to northern latitudes and has consistent performance making it the most popular variety in its class. You will love its very high quality flavor and sweetness. There’s no need to get the pot boiling on the stove before you go out and pick - Bodacious holds its sweetness for a few days after harvesting. (This (se) variety should be separated from field corn, popcorn, and SH² (super sweet) varieties by 250 feet to prevent cross-pollination. Staggering plantings with a 10-15 plus day maturity difference will allow closer plantings where cross-pollination is a concern.)

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

Bodacious is the yellow equivalent to Ambrosia and was also a disappoitment. It just doesn't match -up in productivity or taste to Seneca Chief, Bantam Evergreen, or Kandy Corn to mention a few.


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

Sacramento, California
Longmont, Colorado
Augusta, Georgia
Des Moines, Iowa
Pineville, Louisiana
Franklin, Ohio

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