~ SWEET CORN Seed ~
Real non-hybrid sweetcorn is now incredibly rare. But the hybrids - where every seed sold worldwide is identical - are only good if you can put in all the fertilisers, chemicals and sprays to provide a standardised and identical environment in every field.
We want real corn where all the seeds are slightly different and so can do well in different soils, climates and variable weather, without having to trash the environment into some nasty standardised euro-field of sterile soil and chemical fertilisers.
So, we offer a variety of real open-pollinated corn that is particularly widely adapted and has received good reviews from all over the country.
Standard' Bicolour Sweetcorn - EARLY
This is a modern variety, with both white and yellow kernels on each sweet cob.
We're very pleased with it as it seems quite diverse, with a good genetic base, so it should do well on different soils and conditions. Not only are the dual coloured cobs pretty, they also taste really good.
Pretty early - we generally have some to eat by mid August.
This is the earliest of our corns, it does well everywhere but particularly recommended for those in colder, more marginal areas of the UK.
Order SwDO - 55 seed £2.49
Golden Bantam Improved BIGGER but LATER , POLYTUNNEL ONLY
This is an improved version of the traditional variety 'Golden Bantam' , developed in the late 1800's by a farmer called William Chambers, and it was first introduced commercially by the Burpee Seed Company.
In the 1920's it was improved for larger ears and staying tender for longer by Mr Everett Clark, and released under the new name of 'Improved'. The strain we have now has recently been reselected specifically for home growers and market gardeners. Let us know what you think!
This one is bigger than the Double Standard, BUT needs a lot more heat to grow well. So we now recommend it only for growing in a polytunnel, where it does well.
Order SwGI - 55 to 60 seed £1.69 (NOT FOR OUTDOORS)
Special Swiss Sweetcorn GREAT NEW SWEETCORN
We’re delighted to be able to offer a few packets of this, which is not only the first new open-pollinated corn to be bred in Europe in modern times, but even a supersweet variety at that!
We had an advance trial of this in 2012 and were really impressed, as it was more vigorous than even Double Standard. This seed has been grown to careful biodynamic standards in Switzerland.
The cob illustrated was grown in our fields in Wales in the terrible 'summer' of 2012, the wettest year on record.
Order SwSS - 55 seed £2.39