Kandy Korn Corn Questions

pitcom(7a)August 18, 2011

I just had some question for those who have grown this variety before. I was expecting this corn to take around 80 days to harvest according to everything I have read about it. I put down 100 seeds on July 2nd, and today, 48 days later, I have some 7 foot tall plants that have already gone to tassel today, and the silks should be coming tonight. It just seems that this variety grew much faster than I have read.

Out of the 100 plants, 25 have produced side shoots, and of the 25, 8 have produced 2 side shoots.

Many of the plants have 2 ears forming. But so far i have counted 15 plants with 4 ears forming and 11 with 3 ears forming.

What i find most odd, is that only half of the corn has developed so quickly. The other half appears to be about 10-14 days behind which would put them at my expected date of September 20th for harvest.

Anyone know why some of the corn is growing so quickly and producing so many ears/side shoots? All i have fertilized the corn with was some a few light sprayings of hydrolyzed fish oil and seaweed.

This is my first time growing this variety so for all i know this could be normal. But all of my other varieties i gre this year, Sugar pearl, Serendipity and Triple Play all grew at the same rate.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Your corn is maturing quickly because you planted at the hottest part of the summer. The days to maturity is likely figured for an early planting where growth is slowed by cool weather for the first part of the crop.

I've never seen that variety or any other vary 10-14 days in maturity unless part came up later. You won't find that difference if it all emerges together. At least I never have.

Sweetcorn may start 3-4 ears on a plant but rarely matures more than two ears that are large enough to harvest. And two good ears usually only occurs on border plants that get extra sunlight. A plant might make 3-4 good ears under exceptional conditions if it were out in the open where all leaves received maximum sunlight. With corn yield potential is all about light interception.

One characteristic of Kandy Korn that I don't like and one reason I no longer grow it is that, at least for me, the kernels are shallow. No amount of water, fertilizer, or sunshine will make a decent kernel on that corn for me.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 6:25PM
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I would agree with fruitnut. My peaches and cream corn that I planted on June 6th only took 61 days to harvest, from planting seed to harvesting ears. It is supposed to take 83 days. That is a full 3 weeks ahead of schedule. I think heat and water played a role in cutting down harvest time.

The batch I planted on March 19th took 84 days which was right on schedule.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Garden Blog

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 7:14PM
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I find that no matter how I try to stagger the plantings, the later ones catch up and all the corn matures within the same week.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 8:32PM
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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

Maybe you need to do what I do. All 6 plantings have matured perfectly in order.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 9:05PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I've harvested corn from June until late October, nine plantings one year. Each planting after the first was planted when the previous planting reached about 8 inches height. This gave a planting interval of about 5 weeks between dates 1 and 2. In mid summer it's a new planting every two weeks. Harvests are two weeks apart from harvest 1 to 9.

In Illinois to get four harvests at two week intervals you'd need a planting about mid April, late May, mid June, and the end of June. This would give four harvests two weeks apart starting in July.

I planted my first sweetcorn for roadside sales in the late 50s. Went into the State Street Bank in Belvidere, Illinois to get change for the upcoming sale and sold it all before I left the bank.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 10:09PM
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Hey fruitnut, have any varieties of corn you would recommend? The sugar pearl was good, but those kernels were so shallow, you really didn't feel like there was any meat on those cobs. I really enjoyed the Serendipity, and would probably grow that next year again or select another triple sweet variety in its place.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 9:14AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX


Mirai 301 has a deep kernel and keeps 10 days in the frig in good shape. I like it best when fairly mature. Two big ears makes a big pile of corn on my plate. The only issue with it for me was leaf rust on the late plantings. Tried another variety this year with better rust resistance and it wasn't nearly as good and didn't hold in the frig.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 10:22AM
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Mirai 301 is one of those supersweet varieties, isn't it?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 11:01AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Yes, an augmented bicolor supersweet from Harris Seeds.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 12:03PM
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How many harvestable ears do you on average get from Mirai 301? If you have grown Serendipity, how does it compare to flavor, holding, and number of ears per plant?



    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 5:39PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

When planted at about a 30 inch by 10 inch spacing I probably average 1.25 to 1.5 ears per plant. Roughly one ear per two square feet. Those are nice big ears.

I haven't grown Serendipity but can tell you that 301 is very sweet and tender. Mirai gets a lot of bad press on here. But a lot of people, in my experience, think it's great. I appreciate the holding ability. With a harvest every two weeks I can have corn every day all summer if desired.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 6:42PM
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I love the Serendipity i grew this year. I only got 1 ear per plant throughout the whole lot. Most of the ears were quite large and very sweet. We did have a bit of excess rain ( 8 inches+!) during their last week of maturing which did water down a few ears. But having said all that, all of my neighbors and family have been begging for more. I was hoping for a better yield but I will probably grow it again next year because I am enjoying it. I looked at the other corn seed Fruitnut suggested over at harris seed. I'll have to call them to see if they have any untreated seed as I'm not looking for any of the stuff that's been chemically treated.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2011 at 4:19PM
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I realize this is a very old thread, however, it is new to me and I need a question answered I cannot seem to find anywhere.

Kandy Corn is a hybrid, the seeds are terrible at germination, so therefore, what on earth are Kandy Corn's parents? What are two corns I can plant and have the seeds of the two produce Kandy Corn?

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 2:41PM
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Even though Kandy Korn is one of the first se corns, the parentage may still be proprietary. Syngenta I think is the producer of the variety.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 11:19AM
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