Special Swiss Sweetcorn
Seed and plant information:
|Seed source:||The Real Seed Catalogue,|
|Sown:||04 April, 05 May|
|Harvested||08 August, 09 September|
|Location:||Outside, Raised Beds|
|Taste Test (overall flavour):||9/10|
|Success out of 10:||10|
I have grown this variety for a few years now, they are reliable, easy to grow, and produce a delicious large cob, ready for cooking as soon as you pick them off the plant.
It’s important to get ahead of the game with sweetcorn, and imperative that you start them in April in a heated propagator in the greenhouse. Otherwise, I find, the sowings in May take too long, and although you’ll get some sweetcorn, the results are often late and skinny. Once they have germinated then the rest is pretty easy going. They do need a temperature of at least 18C to get going, otherwise you end up losing your seeds, they’ll simply rot in the cold soil.
As the cobs mature, you will notice that the sweetcorn produces a tassel that comes out of the top of the plant.Usually they would depend on being wind pollinated, however, it is essential that the pollen generated by these tassels is rubbed against the silks of the cobs, in order to pollinate each and every seed within the cob. For best results, when the tassel starts to shed pollen, simply run your hand along it, and then, using the same hand, along the silk (the parts that come out of the corn husk). This ensures good pollination, and as many sweetcorn seeds as possible on your plant. If you don’t do this, then you may end up with a corn with only a few sweetcorn seeds for each cob.
This variety has been consistent for every year that i have grown them. I would highly recommend them.
The flavour is wonderfully sweet helped if cooked the moment they have been picked), and they are true enjoyed by children with a generous knob of butter melting over them.
Saving the seeds is so easy, too. Simply leave one of the cobs (or more if you want more seed next year) on the plant to mature pick it and remove the husk. Leave the cob in a dry place until all the seeds become shrivelled. Once they have dried out, they should be easy to remove, and the seeds will be good for the following year. Just ensure they are completely dry before putting them in storage.