Blue Jade Corn
One of the only sweet corns that can be grown in containers, the 3-foot-tall plants of this variety bear 3-6 ears. Peak time for eating is when kernels are just turning blue, but can be eaten when white or steel blue. This variety is from Dutch seedsman and Seed Savers Exchange member Kees Sahin.
- ±185 seeds/oz
- Sweet corn
- Plants grow up to 3 feet
- 3-6 ears per stalk
- White kernels mature to steel blue color
- Can be grown in containers
This variety works for:
- Fresh eating
Gardeners familiar with hybrid sweet corn may need to adjust their palates to the savory, rich flavor of heirloom sweet corns. Nevertheless, these ears are delicious boiled or grilled with butter and salt.
Try adding fresh dill, cilantro, lime, cracked black or white pepper, or chili flakes to your corn.
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors 1" deep after danger of frost has passed. For good pollination and full ears, plant in blocks of 3-6 rows instead of one long row. Thin seedlings to 8" apart. Corn is a heavy feeder and does best in well-drained fertile soil with plenty of water.
- Direct Seed: 4" Apart
- Germination: 4-21 Days
- Rows Apart: 36-48"
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
Even 2020 couldn’t keep this corn from doing well in containers!
by Jeff Sperry
Just tried this variety for the first time in 2020. Planted three containers on a deck and the corn did great! Would definitely recommend!
I planted 2 packages of this. 95+ % came up. Grew 4 ft tall, more or less. All ears were full and uniform. Looks just like the picture. I am drying on the stalk to grind for meal. No bugs, no worms, no pests. Can't wait to order more and replant next year. Ate some right as it matured, and was very tasty.
A follow up to my previous post. Let it dry on the stalk and then brought inside and laid it out on the kitchen table and let it dry another week or so. Twisted it off the cob with my hands. Came off easily. Ground it in an old, retired burr coffegrinder and it came out great. All done.
Glad I tried these out
I had never grown corn before, and the dwarf variety seemed like a nice way to start. I just followed the directions on the packet and looked up a couple of YouTube videos. I fertilized it a couple of times throughout the growing season, which seemed to help. I’ve seen a worm here or there, but overall, they haven’t been a problem. The ears grow between 5-6” and do indeed taste best before the corn turns blue. It’s still good when it’s blue, but it becomes a bit of a more mealy texture. These have been a fun corn to grow - and extra bonus is that they are beautiful when they turn blue! I’m going to try a different variety next year, but I’ll come back to these again in the future.
weak stalk, did not survive wind or rain
it looks like about half of my crop of blue lade won't make it to maturity. The stalks grew to just over 3 feet tall before putting out tassels. Two ears per stalk, but as soon as the ears started to get bigger the stalks started falling over at any minor inconvenience. Wind knocked a few over, rain knocked a few more over, and the ears were immediately consumed by rabbits and bugs. The stalks are thin and weak. Am growing four varieties of corn this year - glass gem, strawberry, mandan bride, and blue jade. The strawberry and mandan bride are doing incredible, while the glass gem is doing alright. I will not be growing the blue jade next year. For reference, I am growing in zone 4B (specifically Fargo ND).
Fun, beautiful corn for a container garden
Our corn grew beautifully in a container. Most of the cobs were full of plumb kernels. We even had a side-by-side comparison of the white and blue-kerneled cobs, and the white kernels are much sweeter than the blue. Blue ends up quite starchy, though the flavor isn't bad.
I will definitely grow Blue Jade again and harvest the cobs sooner!
We had an aphid problem but the plants and cobs remained healthy.