Corn, Sweet, “Painted Hill” Seeds
This colorful, open-pollinated sweet corn was developed from a cross of the heirloom sweet corn, ‘Luther Hill’, and ‘Painted Mountain’ flour (Indian) corn. Because ‘Painted Mountain’ was selected from the Rocky Mountains, ‘Painted Hill’ is adapted for short growing seasons and can germinate better than others in cool, wet soils. The 7″, multi-colored ears make a beautiful display, and every kernel is filled with robust, old-time corn flavor. Kernels in yellows, reds, purples, blues, and white. Color is pale when fresh but intensifies when dried.
This 8 gram packet sows up to 19 feet.
Days to Maturity: 65–80 days
Type: Sugary (su)
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: Sweet 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.