~ 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 look for varieties of real open-pollinated corn that are particularly widely adapted and should perform well all over the country.
Standard' Bicolour Sweetcorn - EARLY
This is an excellent real variety of sweetcorn - proper open-pollinated seed, not hybrid - so it is widely adapted, and adaptable to future change in climate or soil, and it hasn't been bred to need lots of fertiliser and sprays.
It 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.
Early and tasty, it does well everywhere but particularly recommended for those in colder, more marginal areas of the UK.
Order SwDO - 50 seed £
Special Swiss Sweetcorn GREAT NEW SWEETCORN
We’re delighted to be able to offer this variety, 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 - 50 seed £
Double Red Sweetcorn INCREDIBLE COLOUR
We've finally found a red corn that is early enough for the UK - while there are quite a few red corns, until now none of them have been early enough to ripen in our short summers. But finally we have found an early red-and-white bicolour corn for you!
This corn has brilliantly colored kernels in red with a white background. It did exceptionally well in our trials, just as early as the Double Standard. And the plants are an amazing purple colour too, it looks incredible in the veg plot.
A delicious early sweet corn that was bred by Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds and now brought into production by our friends at the A P Whaley Seed Company.
Order SwRe - 48 seed £
A multi-coloured northern-adapted corn bred by Dave Christensen (pictured below) over the past 30 years. He collected old heirloom native corns from high cold areas in Montana and crossed them to create this incredible variety.
While it is beautiful and tasty, and does crop well in the UK, its an old-type corn so please note that:
- It doesn't stay sweet for long at all; you need to pick it early, or it gets starchy.
- The cobs are smaller and narrower than modern varieties, having only 8 rows of seed per cob. We think it should do well in many areas, but it doesn't like windy sites as it blows over easily.
We're really pleased to offer this early variety! (Normally multicoloured corn is way, way too late-fruiting to grow in the UK.)
Should be ready only slightly later than our others. Please email to let us know how it does for you.
Order SwPM - 45 seed £
For more detail about this corn, the history behind it and one persons experience growing it over many years see the Really Small Farm blog