Summertime and corn on the cob go together. Nothing tastes better than just-picked sweet corn! 'Sugarbaby' is a bicolor corn that matures in 65 days—an advantage in areas with a shorter growing season. Flavorful, 8" ears with 12–16 rows of very tender kernels hold their sweetness and flavor longer than other varieties. Good cool weather endurance.
• Botanical Name: Zea mays (hybrid)
• Days to Maturity: 65 days
• Family: Poaceae
• Native: Americas
• Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
• Plant Dimensions: 6' tall
• Variety Information: 8" ears with 12–16 rows of tightly-packed, white and yellow kernels. Some tolerance to Stewart's wilt. Plants and husks have a reddish-green color.
• Type: Sugary enhanced (se)
• Attributes: Cool-Weather Tolerant, Disease Resistant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F; ideally 65°–90°F.
• When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to transplanting. Best results occur when seedlings are transplanted less than 2 weeks old.
• Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
• Seed Depth: 1"–1 ½"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"
• Row Spacing: 24"–36"
• Thinning: When 4" tall, thin to 1 every 12"
• Harvesting: Corn is ready about 3 weeks after the silks appear. Harvest when the silks are brown, but not dried, and the husks are dark green; ears should be plump, and rounded rather than pointed at the tip. To test for ripeness, gently pull back the husk and pop a kernel; the liquid should be whitish; if it is still clear, ears are not quite ready.