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Sweetcorn Minipop F1

£1.95

Minipop F1 produces tender and tasty sweet cobs which can be eaten raw, lightly steamed or sliced and added to stir fries. It is a great vegetable to get kids into growing their own or to grow in a pot or container, as it is easy to grow, does not require pollinating and the cobs are ready to harvest in approx. 65 days. The cobs should be harvested when they are 10cm in length and each plant will produce between 3 and 5 baby corn.

 

When to Sow Sow indoors or in a greenhouse March to May, sow outdoors May to June.
Where to Sow Sweetcorn prefer an open, sunny site which is sheltered from strong winds and soil which is fertile, free draining and moisture retentive.
Sow indoors,  in modules or individual pots filled with moist compost, with 1 seed per station, 1.5cm (1/2in) deep and leave to germinate at a temperature of about 18°C/65°F.
Sow outdoors, once risk of frost has passed and soil temperature is over 13°C/55°C. Sow 1 seed per station, 1.5cm(1/2 deep) in blocks or rows, with 15cm (6in) spacing in row and 45cm (18in) between rows. As Sweetcorn Minipop cobs are harvested when they are immature they do not require pollinating and therefore do not need to be grown in the traditional block formation. However, as the Sweetcorn Minipop plants grow up to 2m (6.5ft) tall the block formation may be preferable to avoid placing other plants in shade.
What to do Next For seeds sown indoors, plant outside once all risk of frost has passed, after hardening off for 7 days. Plant in blocks or rows, with 15cm (6in) spacing in row and 45cm (18in) between rows.
For seeds sown outdoors, protect seedlings in early stages with cloche or fleece.
Water well, especially during periods of dry weather, and keep weed free.
Apply nitrogen fertilizer once the plants are about 20cm (8in) tall.
Harvest the cobs when the silks/tassels are just emerging from the ear tips.
Harvest August and September.
Handy Tips To prevent the plant from pollinating, remove the tassels which are the female flower, as soon as they appear.
For the best flavour and sweetness, pick and eat the same day.
Companion Planting Good companion: Beans, Cucumber, Pea, Potato, Pumpkin, Squash. 
Bad Companion: Tomato
Nutritional Information A good source of Vitamins A, B and C, Gluten-free and a good supply of fibre.
Serving Suggestion These tasty sweet cobs can be eaten raw, lightly steamed or sliced and added to stir fries.

 

 

 



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