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Corn, Stowells Evergreen White

  White Corn, Stowell’s Evergreen

Heirloom. Organic. Stowell’s Evergreen combines size, sweetness and lasting quality! Tall, attractive plants produce 8- to 9-in. ears with 16-20 rows of creamy kernels. Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn was originally developed by Nathaniel Newman Stowell of Burlington, New Jersey in 1848.  Stowell was a farmer and spent some years refining this variety, which he developed by crossing Menomony Soft Corn and Northern Sugar Corn. In the fall of 1855, he sold just two ears of seed corn to a close friend for four dollars, on the agreement that the seed was for personal use only. Stowell's "friend" then re-sold the same seed for a whopping $20,000 to Thoburn and Company who released the variety commercially in late 1856. This delicious white sweet corn is regarded as the "King of All White Sweet Corn Varieties", has been popular for over 162 years.   Stowell's Evergreen matures slowly over a long period, extending the usual harvest and produces 9 inch ears with 16 to 20 rows of plump, sweet white kernels.

PlantingStowell’s Evergreen Corn

While starting seeds of the Stowell’s Evergreen Corn is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful. Sow Stowell’s Evergreen Corn seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed. Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position.  Heirloom / Open Pollinated Stowell’s Evergreen Corn are hot weather loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom Stowell’s Evergreen Corn in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed.  Plant seeds 1" deep. Plant seeds in full sun. For rows, plant spacing 12" apart, in rows 12” apart. Germination should occur in 5-10 days in soil 70-85°F. 

Height: 6-8’  Plants   Spacing: 12" inches, 12 inches between rows Depth:  1  inch Germination: 5-10 days

Starting from Seed Indoors.

Generally, Corn is grown directly into the soil and not transplanted from starters.

Direct-seeding into the Garden.

Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Scatter the seeds in the area. Gently rake the area to distribute the seeds further and protect them from birds. Or, press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1 inch of soil. You can also place 2 to 3 seeds every 6 to 8 inches in rows approximately 8-12 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1 inch of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for the Corn plants is approximately 5 to 10 days, depending on the warmth of the soil.   

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.