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PlantFiles: Sweet Corn
Zea mays 'Golden Cross Bantam'

Family: Poaceae (poh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zea (ZEE-uh) (Info)
Species: mays (maze) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Cross Bantam
Hybridized by Ferry-Morse; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1950

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Seed Type:

Days to Maturity:
81 to 90 days

Kernel Color:

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Farmerdill On Feb 26, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Golden Cross Bantam was first introduced by Purdue University in 1934; an updated version was released several years later. It is a good yellow sweet corn, but in my opinion not equal to Bantam Evergreen in either productivity or flavor. Like all regular sweet corn, it is best when eaten within 20 minutes of picking. Get the water boiling mom, I'm heading for the corn patch.


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

Redwood City, California
Lagrange, Indiana
Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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