How to Grow Peaches and Cream Corn

Overview

Peaches and Cream is a cultivar of white, sweet corn. Sweet corn is divided into three types according to genetics: normal sugary, sugary enhancer and supersweet, according to agriculturists with the University of Illinois. Peaches and Cream is the sugary enhancer type and prized by home gardeners who enjoy the tender texture and creamy taste of this corn variety. Plant Peaches and Cream corn seeds two weeks after the last frost date and you will harvest fresh, sweet corn within 83 days.

Step 1

Choose a planting location for the Peaches and Cream corn. It should be an area that receives all day sun with deep soil. Don't plant the corn in any depressions in the landscape as these can act as frost pockets, and corn is frost-intolerant.

Step 2

Add a 4-inch layer of compost to the soil in the planting area and til it into the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Level the planting area and water until the top four inches of soil is moist but not saturated.

Step 3

Plant Peaches and Cream seeds one-half inch deep, eight inches apart, in rows that are 16 to 18 inches apart. Plant at least two rows to ensure pollination. Keep the soil damp as the ears grow.

Step 4

Dig a 3-inch deep trench, two inches to the side of each row, when the corn reaches 18 inches in height. Sprinkle starter fertilizer at the rate recommended on the package into the trenches and cover with soil. Water the area until it is damp.

Step 5

Fertilize with a half-strength, high-nitrogen fertilizer one week after tassels appear on the corn.

Step 6

Harvest the corn two to three weeks after the tassles appear. Snap off the ears, twist and pull them from the stalk.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Tiller
  • Hoe
  • Starter fertilizer
  • High-nitrogen fertilizer

References

  • University of Illinois Extension: Corn
  • "Vegetable Crops"; Dennis R. Decoteau; 2000
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