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botanical name:
Zea mays 'Saccharata Group'
Zea mays 'Saccharata Group' © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Maize, Sweetcorn
synonyms:  Zea mays ssp. mays 'Saccharata Group', Zea mays var. saccharata
family:  Poaceae
characteristics: grass
height: 2.50m
width: 0.50m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: cream
fruit colour: yellow
stem/bark: light green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 11
description:
Hybrid form of maize that produces edible seed cobs which are sugary and sweet tasting, rather than starchy.
Sturdy, erect, annual grass with large, arching, lance shaped leaves up to 90cm long. In midsummer, produces male flowers in terminal spikes while the females are enclosed within spathe bracts and later develop into the well-known "cobs" of yellow seeds.
There are a number of named varieties, some of which are used as garden ornamentals.

cultivation:
Fertile, moist, well drained soil in full sun. The seeds are wind pollinated and plants are better grown in blocks rather than narrow rows.

propagation:
From seed in late winter or early spring.

usage:
A staple and popular food crop widely cultivated around the world. Best flavour is from very freshly picked crops.

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