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PlantFiles: Sweet Corn
Zea mays var. rugosa 'Luscious'

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

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Seed Type:

Days to Maturity:
71 to 80 days

Kernel Color:

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
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
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative WeezyG On Oct 18, 2014, WeezyG from Brainerd, MN wrote:

I tried Luscious corn last summer and wasn't impressed with it at all. It germinated great, but the stalks were very erratic in height, some close to 7' others 4'. Most of them didn't produce cobs. The ones that did were small and they didn't taste very good. We ended up leaving it for the squirrels and birds to eat. Very disappointed.

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

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Luscious is an organically grown bicolor corn that really lives up to its name! It has superb sweetness and tenderness and a crop time of only 75 days. 8” long ears with 16-18 rows of kernels. An (se) variety, it will hold its wonderful sweetness for 3-4 days after picking. Great fresh, but can also be canned or frozen. (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.)

Negative Indy On Aug 27, 2006, Indy from Alexandria, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

We did not like the flavor of this one.

Positive Farmerdill On Dec 29, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

There are several cultivars with this name. This one is a bicolor with 18 row, 8 inch ears. It has great flavor, but is not as vigorous as competitive bicolors. It also shoots low, making it very vulnerble to crows, jays and other critters that like to eat corn while standing on the ground. It is a 75 day corn which for me ripened simultaneously with Silver Princess. It is much sweeter than the Princess, but less yield, and ears are not filled out as well. It is good, but I will continue to search for better.


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

Longmont, Colorado
Augusta, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky

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