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Yukon Chief Sweet Corn

Yukon Chief Sweet Corn

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55 days — 'Yukon Chief' is a very good choice for home gardeners who have limited space, want to try corn in raised beds or containers, or for folks gardening in locations with cooler, shorter growing seasons. As you can see from the reviews below, it is quite popular. At 55 days, it is one of the earliest maturing sweet corn varieties we know of. The stalks are dwarf (three to four feet tall) and produce six to eight inch, yellow, sweet ears that are slightly tapered, average four to five inches in length, and have about twelve rows of kernels. As illustrated in the photo above, some ears will reach six inches.

Bred by Dr. Arvo Kallio of the University of Alaska, Agricultural Experiment Station as a cross between 'Gaspe Flint' and an unknown variety, 'Yukon Chief' was introduced to gardeners in 1958. It was developed specifically to germinate and grow well in cooler soils where sweet corn generally cannot be grown. Our original seed was sent to us in 2008 by our gardening friend, supporter, farmer, and late in life homesteader, the late Richard L. "Skip" Kadow of Delta Junction, Alaska. Each 0.5 ounce is approximately 70 to 75 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.