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PlantFiles: Sweet Corn (Se)
Zea mays 'Early Sunglow'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays (maze) (Info)
Cultivar: Early Sunglow
Hybridized by Charter; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1956

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Seed Type:

Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 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


3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MaryE On Dec 5, 2004, MaryE from Baker City, OR (Zone 5b) wrote:

Early Sunglow is the only corn I have grown for several years. One description of this variety said it had good emergence in cool soil. We have a short season with the last frost often after June 1 and the first one about mid October. I plant the first corn about June 1, again 2 weeks later, and a 3rd planting about July 1. Even the latest one matures most years, quite a feat where nights are getting into the middle 30's for the last 2-3 weeks or so before we get a killing frost. Last year I planted my earliest corn in toilet tissue tubes standing on end in a tray in the greenhouse and when the corn was up about 1 inch planted tube and all in the ground. I'll do that again.

Positive TuttiFrutti On Nov 27, 2004, TuttiFrutti from Spokane Valley, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

We successfully grew this in our first time veggie garden and the germination rate for the planted seeds was quite high. While our yield was only one ear/stalk, we also had an uncommonly cool and rainy spring and summer. Nice flavor.

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

This is the best of very early sweet corns. It is quite tasty although not as sweet as main season corns. It is a regular hybrid not an Se as stated in the header. Stalks are small (about the same size as Golden Bantam) with small well filled ears. It holds it quality on the stalk longer than most corns of its vintage. For the first good corn on the table or to the market it is hard to beat. Polar Vee is earlier but taste is way inferior. (63 day)


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

Augusta, Georgia
Lagrange, Indiana
Baker City, Oregon
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia
Spokane, Washington

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