Sweetcorn 'Swift F1' is an early maturing, super sweet and tender variety which is suited to growing in cooler climates with a shorter season making it ideal for growing in the UK.
Swift F1 produces heavy cobs of good sweet flavour, with approximately 14 to 16 rows of delicious golden kernels and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
|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.|
|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||August to October.|
|Handy Tips||Sweetcorn is wind pollinated. You can encourage pollination of the silks, female flowers, by tapping the tassels or male flowers. This helps the pollen to fall and pollinate the flowers to produce the cobs.|
|When growing Sweetcorn it is considered best to not grow more than one variety (except baby corn which is picked before it pollinates) to avoid any cross pollination which can harm yields and the quality of the crop.|
|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||For the best flavour and sweetness, pick and eat the same day. Boil or oven roast, and then smother in butter !|
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