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West Coast - Golden Bantam

West Coast - Golden Bantam

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This old-fashioned HEIRLOOM variety produces 8 rows of large, yellow kernels on 12-18cm (5-7") cobs. Plants grow 1.5-2m (5') tall. Golden Bantam’s sweet flavour is fantastic for fresh eating or freezing on the day it is picked. First introduced to the market in 1902 by W. Atlee Burpee. Isolate Golden Bantam at least 3km from other corn if you intend to save seed. Golden Bantam corn seeds are unusual because they are open pollinated and one of the few corn varieties that produce well in our climate but are also suitable for seed saving. This is an excellent variety of corn for seed savers.

Matures in 85-95 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

  • Fantastic for fresh eating
  • 12-18cm (5-7" cobs), 8 rows of large kernels
  • Old fashioned corn taste
  • Open-pollinated seeds
  • Matures in 89-95 days

How To Grow

These big plants will grow in almost any soil, but getting the cob to mature is another matter. The maturity of the ears (cobs) is not controlled by the size of the plant, nor by day-length, but by the accumulated heat the plant has had while it grew. They call this the “heat units”. Only temperatures above 50 F count after the last killing frost of spring. Temperatures above 50 F add up to create the heat units. Corn plants generally grow very tall, and will shade other vegetables. Some plants will benefit from this shade, such as lettuce, but heat-loving plants must be placed so that the corn does not shade them. This heavy-feeding plant also provides a stalk for plants such as Pole Beans.  Follow along with this handy How to Grow Corn from seeds Guide and grow food.