Sweetcorn 'Sweet Nugget'

Zea mays 'Sweet Nugget' | Also known as: Corn 'Sweet Nugget', Maize 'Sweet Nugget' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

It is hard to imagine Zea Mays being used as anything other than a crop - and you'd be right. Better known as simply Sweetcorn, it has distinctive mid to dark green foliage, with long, broad, lance-shaped leaves growing from thick, strong stems that can grow quite tall. But it is its golden yellow fruit - its ears or cobs of corn - that is of chief interest. They ripen in summer inside fibrous pods. Best grown in deep, moist but well-drained and slightly acidic soil, it needs a large amount of sun in order to ripen and usually needs extra watering too. It also needs shelter from damaging winds, which is why it is usually sown in square plots.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 2 - 2.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z11
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Vegetables
Grown for
  • Edible fruit
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Simple food
  • Fast growing
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years
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It is hard to imagine Zea Mays being used as anything other than a crop - and you'd be right. Better known as simply Sweetcorn, it has distinctive mid to dark green foliage, with long, broad, lance-shaped leaves growing from thick, strong stems that can grow quite tall. But it is its golden yellow fruit - its ears or cobs of corn - that is of chief interest. They ripen in summer inside fibrous pods. Best grown in deep, moist but well-drained and slightly acidic soil, it needs a large amount of sun in order to ripen and usually needs extra watering too. It also needs shelter from damaging winds, which is why it is usually sown in square plots.