Germ 7-14 days
There is an interesting story about this variety in the Seed Savers Exchange catalog. Nathaniel Stowell worked for decades to develop the variety. He sold 2 ears to a friend for $4 and the friend agreed that it was just for private use. The “friend” sold the seed for $20,000 and it was introduced to the seed trade. D. M. Ferry had this to say in 1930, “The standard main crop variety— it is hardy and productive, very tender and sugary – the ears about 7-8” long, 14-20 rowed, with very white grain. The stalks are about 7 1/2 ‘ high.” 75 seeds
Outdoors- 1” deep, late spring when soil is at least 60 degrees. Thin to 8-12” apart. Plant in blocks (4-5 rows, 24-36” apart) to help with pollination.
Harvest- Ready to be picked approximately 2 1/2 to 3 weeks after silks appear. Silks become dry and brown. The kernels should be plump and full. Test by pressing your fingertip into a kernel, looking for a “milky’ appearance. Best picked in the morning and refrigerate/cool right away.
Tips- Keep weeded and well watered. Plant in fertile soil and add a high-nitrogen organic fertilizer every few weeks until tassels form.