Golden Bantam Improved Corn
Producing an early crop for home gardeners and market growers, this historic variety has an excellent sweet flavor and is ideal for freezing and fresh eating. The original strain of Golden Bantam was introduced by W. Atlee Burpee in 1902, and this improved strain was selected for even longer ears and greater tenderness.
- 70-85 days
- ±2,000 seeds/lb
- Tender, sweet kernels
- Ideal for freezing and fresh eating
- Sweet corn
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
Best sweet corn ever!
I only wish I could give this more stars! Every now and then we grow something that exceeds our wildest expectations. This was one of those. Planted in a 3 sisters garden here in central Massachusetts . We had several plants over 12 ft tall. 2 and 3 ears per stalk. 12 to 14 inch ears . Unbelievable production, unbelievable flavor. We canned kernels, froze ears, and braided ears to hang and dry. Real sweet corn ! This an every year for us going forward.
Terrible in my opinion
I grew 100 stalks of this corn in two different location's. It took 90 days to finally get 20 ears of corn. Most were still not ripe even after the silk was completely dead.
Threw the remaining seeds away.
Every year from now on
Wow! Amazing producer ! Huge ears ! Huge flavor. Canned 40 pints of kernels, froze 120 ears , braided and dried 80 ears. Grew in a traditional 3 sisters garden here in central Massachusetts and I can say we have definitely found our "green corn"
Nope never again!
So apparently my stalks are 10'-13' tall and bowing over and falling and it's nit even harvest season, more than half my crop is ruined now because I'm not sure what seed this is but it should NOT be this tall or bowing . Guess we will see how much is ruined after harvest. Never again will I waste time and money on a seed that is only supposed to stalk growth 5'-6' tall but rather over 10' 😡
Seed Savers Response: Hi Ab, I'm sorry to hear that this variety did not meet your expectation. Please reach out to our customer service team for variety and planting suggestions and tips.
This stuff is amazing. We are measuring stalks that are easily 11ft tall, with 2-3 ears per stalk. We have great soil, which I am sure helps, but these fellas are huge!!!
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WORST “SWEET” CORN I have ever had!!!
by A Lindeen
This was some of the worst corn I have ever had. Stalks were 12’ tall and there was absolutely no flavor…looks like field corn and tastes like field corn. Definitely have to try something else next year, what a disappointment!
Thank you for sharing your experience with our Bantam corn. We are sorry that it was not what you were expecting. Our sweet corn will not be as sweet as hybrid varieties, as they are designed to be sweeter. I hope that you will try again next year!
This I One I Will Definitely Plant Next Year
by Rodd Hall
I have not grown this yet. I definitely will next year, and here's why. The positive reviews were thoughtful, well written, and gave specific reasons for their reviews. On the other hand, the three negative reviews were written by people who believe you should use an apostrophe to pluralize a word, can't spell, and/or use all capital letters and multiple exclamation points to emphasize their thoughts, as if they were yelling at me. I choose to believe the educated people.