Temptress Sweet Corn has changed the sweet corn game with the introduction of a “quad sweet” variety. Temptress is a synergistic variety which means it includes a combinations of su, sh2 and se genes. As a result, it can be planted alongside other varieties without worry of cross-pollination. This bicolor sweet corn combines heirloom corn flavor with improved, modern-day sweetness. Temptress Sweet Corn is a quick-maturing variety with solid emergence in cool soils for early plantings. Plants produce 8″ ears with a 2″ diameter and excellent tip fill. It has a strong disease-resistance package and a tight husk to protect ears throughout development.
Sweet corn should be planted in the spring after the last frost date. Sweet corn can be grown throughout the warmer months up until fall, as long as time is permitted for harvest before first frost. Succession planting is recommended with at least two plantings, one in early spring and one in late summer/early fall. Corn ear worm pressure will be greater in the warmer months, but this can be alleviated by applying spinosad to silks and tassels once they appear.
We recommend planting sweet corn using a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. Once plants emerge, thin plants to 6-8″ depending on adequate irrigation. If drip irrigation is used, in-row spacing may be as close as 6″. If water is scarce, a wider in-row spacing will be necessary. For pollination purposes, corn should be planted in a square plot with rows on 30-36″ spacing. Planting a few long rows will result in poor germination and absence of kernels on the cobs.
Temptress Sweet Corn Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 6-8″
Row Spacing: 30-36″
Days to Maturity: 75
Disease Resistance: Maize Dwarf Mosaic Virus, Rust, Northern Corn Leaf Blight