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PlantFiles: Sweet Corn
Zea mays 'Country Gentleman'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays (maze) (Info)
Cultivar: Country Gentleman

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days
91 to 100 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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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral suzy_qu3 On Jan 2, 2011, suzy_qu3 from East Chatham, NY wrote:

This plant grew and produced well. I am not a big fan of the corn itself, though. My kids wouldn't eat it because of it's odd appearance. There are much better varieties out there.

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

Information only, I have not grown this variety.

Introduced in 1890 by S.D. Woodruff and Sons this is a very old variety that has remained popular for many generations.
The 7 to 8" ears usually grow 2 to a stalk, and the stalks average 7 to 8'.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 6, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was a popular open pollinated sweet corn along with Stowells Evergreen and Black Mexican in the early part of the 20 th century. It is still grown commercially for Cream style corn. The long irregular spaced kernels lead to the alternate name "Shoepeg". It is a very large plant so if field grown needs to be spaced 18 - 24 inches. Before the advent of concentrated fertilizers, normal spacing was 36 - 42 inches.

Positive Pala On Oct 20, 2002, Pala from Olympia, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a remarkable heirloom. The large stalks formed ears rather late here in the Pacific Northwest and just barely ripened before frost. Ears were a good 8-10" with irregularly placed whitish-yellow kernals (a natural characteristic of the variety). Excellent roasting corn with a very sweet and nutty flavor.


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

East Chatham, New York
Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
Troy, Virginia

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