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CORN-JOLLY ROGER-SWEET

CORN-JOLLY ROGER-SWEET

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Seeds Per Pack: 70

Zea mays
CORN-JOLLY ROGER-SWEET originated in Mexico and is produced locally in Australia. Whether you think it is sweeter or not sweeter than other varieties, it does have less starch content which shrivels the seed when saving seeds but does not affect growing results.  Seeds need to be soaked longer to germinate.  Tall plants, producing only two cobs is said to have a high mineral and protein content.  Left over stalks make good fodder for farm animals.

Jolly Roger sweet corn is a hybrid variety known for its excellent taste and high yield. This variety has been developed to resist pests and diseases and is perfect for backyard gardens or small farms. Jolly Roger is a relatively easy crop to grow, as long as it has the right growing conditions. 

Sow 2 – 3 cm deep, 20 – 30 cm apart in rows 60 – 90cm apart. Heavy feeder that requires good soaking in dry weather.  Can add compost and animal manure to soil before planting.  Plant after last frost.  Germinate in 4 to 12 days. And harvest in 12 to 14 weeks.  Plant in blocks to aid pollination and provide a trellis for climbing beans.

You can successfully grow Jolly Roger sweet corn in your garden. Remember to provide consistent moisture, fertilise regularly, and monitor for pests and diseases. With proper care, Jolly Roger sweet corn will produce delicious and abundant ears that you can enjoy all summer long.

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How to Grow Jolly Roger Sweet Corn

  1. Jolly Roger sweet corn requires well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8. Before planting, work compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to improve its fertility.
  2. Sow Jolly Roger sweet corn seeds directly into the soil after the danger of frost has passed. Plant the seeds about 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep and 10 cm (4 inches) apart. Space rows 75-90 cm (30-36 inches) apart.
  3. Jolly Roger sweet corn requires consistent moisture to produce good yields. Water the plants deeply once a week, or more often if the weather is hot and dry.
  4. Fertilize Jolly Roger sweet corn with a balanced fertiliser at planting time and again when the plants are about knee-high. Use about 227 g (1/2 lb) of fertiliser per 10 square metres (100 square feet) of growing area.
  5. Mulch around the base of Jolly Roger sweet corn plants with straw, leaves, or grass clippings. This will help to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.
  6. Monitor your Jolly Roger sweet corn plants regularly for signs of pests and diseases. Common pests include corn earworms and aphids, while common diseases include rust and smut. Treat pests and diseases promptly with organic or chemical controls to prevent damage to your crop.
  7. Jolly Roger sweet corn is ready for harvest when the silks turn brown and the kernels are plump and milky. Harvest by pulling the ears downward and twisting them off the stalk. Eat the corn as soon as possible after harvesting for the best flavour.

Heritage of Jolly Roger Sweet Corn

Corn is believed to have been derived from the Balsas teosinte (Zea mays parviglumis) , a wild grass, and domesticated by indigenous peoples in what is now Mexico over 7,000 years ago. From there, it spread throughout the Americas and became an important staple crop for many indigenous cultures.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, corn was introduced to Europe by explorers and traders, and it quickly became a popular crop throughout the continent. Over time, many different varieties of corn were developed, each with its own unique characteristics and uses.

Today, corn is grown in many different parts of the world and is used for a wide range of purposes, from human and animal food to biofuels and industrial products. The heritage of Zea mays is a testament to the importance of corn in human history and its continued significance in modern agriculture and culture.

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Planting Guide for Australia

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

150 - 240

Season of Interest

Summer

Temperature Range (°C)

21 - 35

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial

Annual

Frost Hardy / Tender

Tender

Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct

Soil

Well-draining, fertile soil

pH

6.0 - 6.8

Soil Temperature (°C)

16 - 29

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)

2.5 - 5

Plant Spacing (cm)

20 - 30

Row spacing (cm)

75 - 90

Watering

Consistent soil moisture, about 1 inch of water per week

Germination Time (Days)

7 - 10

Harvest Time (Days)

60 - 100

Good Companion Plants

Beans, Cucumbers, Melons, Pea, Squash

Bad Companion Plants

Tomatoes, Nightshades (peppers and eggplants) Brassicas (cabbage and broccoli)

Pests

Corn Earworm, European Corn Borer, Fall Armyworm, Corn Rootworm, Aphids, Cutworms, Wireworms

Diseases

Common Rust, Northern Corn Leaf Blight, Southern Corn Leaf Blight, Stewart's Wilt, Fusarium Ear and Kernel Rot, Smut

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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