How to Save Seed From Golden Queen Corn

Overview

Stalks of Golden Queen sweet corn reach 9 to 12 feet in height and produce plump ears of golden corn, hence its name. Instead of buying Golden Queen corn seeds every spring, collect the kernels off an established corn stalk from your garden for planting the next season. Each mature corn ear has hundreds of seeds.

Step 1

Choose a corn ear that's 9 to 10 inches long. Peel back the tip of the corn ear; the visible kernels should be plump, firm and yellow. If any of these characteristics are missing, move to another ear until you find one that's suitable.

Step 2

Slide a paper bag over the ear of Golden Queen corn. The bag should fit over the entire ear with a couple inches of extra room at the end.

Step 3

Tie the end of the paper bag tightly around the ear's stem using twine or rubber bands, sealing the ear of corn inside. This protects the ear from bugs, while the paper lets the corn ear breathe.

Step 4

Allow the corn to dry on the stalk. You can continue to pick the other ears for consumption. Once the entire corn stalk is dead and dry, take off the paper bag and cut off the ear of corn.

Step 5

Peel off the corn husk. Position the ear of corn over another empty paper bag.

Step 6

Squeeze the ear of corn firmly in one hand and move your other hand up and down the ear, twisting it and knocking off all of the Golden Queen kernels into the paper bag.

Step 7

Store the bag in a cool, dry, dark place for future planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper bags
  • Twine or rubber bands

References

  • University of Tennessee: Growing Sweet Corn in Home Gardens
  • "Grow the Best Corn (Country Wisdom Bulletins A-68)"; Nancy Bubel; 1997
  • "Burpee Garden Cyclopedia: A Concise, Up-to-date Reference For Gardeners At All Levels"; Maureen Heffernan, et al.; 2002
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