Corn has long been a popular vegetable and all the more so when freshly harvested. The taste will far surpass anything you'll find in a grocery store!
As you may already know, corn does best in warm climates and soil. But with a few precautions, growing corn in Alberta can be well worth it.
Corn needs be planted in blocks of 3-4 rows instead of in a single long row, with each plant at least 24" apart. This encourages better corn pollination, because each plant will have at least three neighbors from which it can catch and retain pollen. The more pollen available, the greater the number of kernels on each ear.
Corn is also a heavy feeder - particularly of nitrogen - and may require several side-dressings of fertilizer for best yields.
If you follow these simple rules, you're sure to get a great crop. All there is left to do is decide which variety of corn you'd like to grow! Here are a few suggestions you might enjoy:
Peaches & Cream Corn - A perfect blend of luscious, white and yellow kernels that produce two different flavours in every bite!
Corn on the cob is one of the best, and most highly anticipated summer treats, and is great for grilling with the husks left on. Home-grown corn has amazing flavour and sweetness, so much better than what you find in the grocery stores. This sugary enhanced hybrid holds its sweet flavor longer after picking.
Peaches and Cream corn produces 20cm long ears with 14 delicious rows of sugar-sweet kernels; an excellent variety for the home garden!
White Corn - Sugar Pearl - The sweetest, prettiest white corn in the garden—and it arrives super early!
Sugar Pearl's fast-growing, vigorous stalks grow just 5 to 5-1/2 feet tall, producing delicious ears of pearly white sweet kernels with that delicate, meltingly tender flavour that characterizes really delicious white corn.
This trouble-free and reliable variety is ideal for short or early season growing, ripening succulent ears before most other white varieties.
Sweet Corn - Kandy Korn - A sweet corn so delicious it's often requested by name!
Kandy Korn is outstanding not only for its flavour but also for its long, late harvest. It has 16-20 rows of delectable, sweet, golden kernels, and can be harvested just 89 days after planting.
This popular variety grows on tall, vigorous stalks, with plump ears that are fantastic for eating fresh, or freezing and canning.
Corn - Luscious - If you like your corn sweet, Luscious really lives up to it's name.
With a good balance of sugars and corn taste, the attractive blunt 17-20cm long ears are just what you want in an early mid-season bicolour.
Luscious is easy to grow, too, with good cold-soil emergence and early vigor.
Popcorn - Robust - When you think of eating healthy, popcorn may not be the first food that comes to mind. But this dent corn relative is one of the best all-around snack foods around, providing almost as much protein, iron and calcium as beef!
A cup of popped, un-buttered popcorn contains fewer calories than half a medium-sized grapefruit. Popcorn, a whole grain, has as much fiber as Bran Flakes or whole wheat toast. Who knew!
With Robust, you'll enjoy easy-to-digest, hull-less eating quality of crisp, tender popcorn that has a larger popping volume than old open-pollinated varieties.