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Country Gentleman Sweet Corn

Country Gentleman Sweet Corn

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96 days — 'Country Gentleman' is a very old sweet corn variety that took Frank Woodruff fourteen years of selective breeding to develop. When it was introduced, it was immediately well received. It wasn't long until many other seed companies began offering it, and it persisted as one of the most popular white sweet corn varieties, for both home and market growers, for many decades. Its stalks average seven to eight feet tall, producing ears that reach about seven inches in length with irregular rows of white, sweet, shoe peg-shaped kernels.

'Country Gentleman' was released in 1890 by Frank C. Woodruff of S. D. Woodruff & Sons, Orange, Connecticut and then the following year by Peter Henderson & Company of New York.[1] A. W. Livingston proclaimed its merits when they listed it as a new variety in their 1893 seed annual.[2] Each ounce is approximately 200 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Soil must be at least 65ºF to germinate. Be patient and do not plant too early or you will waste a lot of seed! Plant in full sun and keep it watered. Corn is a wind-pollinated plant. Plant in blocks several rows wide to ensure full ears.

Sow seeds about 1½ to 2½ inch deep, 3 to 4 inches apart, in rows spaced 24 to 30 inches apart. Thin to 6 to 12 inches apart.


  1. "Vegetables of New York - Vol. 1 Part III - Sweet Corn" - New York A. E. S., 1934.
  2. A. W. Livingston and Sons Seed Annual, 1893.