Sweet Corn 'Swift F1' Seeds | Zea Mays | By Mr Fothergills

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Sweet Corn 'Swift F1' Seeds | Zea Mays | By Mr Fothergills
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Sweet Corn 'Swift F1' Seeds | Zea Mays | By Mr Fothergills

Sweet Corn "Swift F1" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's

Our zea mays Sweet Corn "Swift F1" seeds are specifically bred to produce very sweet and tender sweet corn cobs. The plants are quick to germinate and have better vigour than other varieties. The heavy cobs are around 18cm (7.5in) long with 16-18 rows or bright yellow kernels. This variety has a great texture and rich, sugar-sweet flavour that tastes great both grilled whole on a barbeque or separated and used in a range of dishes.

Variety Information

No. Seeds Per Pack 35
Sow Indoors March - May
Sow Outdoors March - May
Location Full Sun
Harvest Time August - September
Hardiness Half-Hardy Annual

Features

Rich Sweet Flavour
Great Texture
Quick To Germinate
Optional Extras
  • 5 Pack Seedling Planter Tray 24 Cells
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • 200 Litres - The Chamberlain Wooden Raised Grow Bed by Lacewing™ - 100cm² (H20cm)
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  • Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Giant Easy Fleece Tunnel
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  • Slug Barrier Circles
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Sweet corn is easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: this species is half-hardy and needs protection from frost.
  • Planting In Pots: suitable for growing in pots 30cm (12in) deep or larger.
  • Position: place in full sun for best results.
  • Soil Types: sow in well-cultivated, fertile soil.

Germination Requirements: temperature must be 10°C or higher, start indoors or sow directly outside from May.

Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow 2 seeds 1.5cm (1/2in) deep in pots of compost.

Planting Distance (Ground): sow 2-3 seeds 2.5cm (1in) deep with 25-30cm (10-12in) between plants.

Soil Preparation: remove weeds and large stones, rake to a fine finish, and add some fertilizer.

Thinning: if more than one seed has germinated per hole, thin to leave one seedling when they are 2cm (1in) tall.

Pest Control: protect from birds and insects using row covers or copper rings.

Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly during dry periods.

For a more detailed guide please read our blog below.

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Seeds Jargon

  • F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
  • Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
  • Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
Hybrids vs Open Pollinated

As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial

Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.

Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender

Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.

We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.

Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.

Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.

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