Painted Hill Sweet Corn Seeds


This packet sows up to 19 feet.
4.3333333333333 out of 5 stars
(3 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
This colorful, open-pollinated sweet corn was developed from a cross of the heirloom sweet corn, 'Luther Hill', and 'Painted Mountain' flour (Indian) corn. Because 'Painted Mountain' was selected from the Rocky Mountains, 'Painted Hill' is adapted for short growing seasons and can germinate better than others in cool, wet soils. The 7", multi-colored ears make a beautiful display, and every kernel is filled with robust, old-time corn flavor. Color is pale when fresh but intensifies when dried.
$3.49 8 grams (~38 seeds)

Botanical Name: Zea mays

Days to Maturity: 65–80 days

Family: Poaceae

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 5' tall

Variety Information: 7" long ears with kernels in yellows, reds, purples, blues, and white. 'Painted Hill' is open-pollinated. Kernel color is pale at the fresh-eating stage. Darker colors develop as ears dry for colorful and unique ornamental corn.

Type: Sugary (su) (Learn More)

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F; ideally 65°–90°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to transplanting. Best results occur when seedlings are transplanted less than 2 weeks old.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: 1" –1 ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing: 24"–36"

Thinning: When 4" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Harvesting: Sweet corn is ready about 3 weeks after the silks appear. Harvest when the silks are brown, but not dried, and the husks are dark green; ears should be plump, and rounded rather than pointed at the tip. To test for ripeness, gently pull back the husk and pop a kernel; the liquid should be whitish; if it is still clear, ears are not quite ready.

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Painted Hill Sweet Corn Seeds Reviews

3 reviews

Great corn variety

5 out of 5 stars Sep 4, 2018
I planted this corn as soon as the soil hit 60 degrees, way before most gardeners in my area had started their warm-weather plants. One packet of seeds gave me 21 plants, which gave me a total of 72 ears of corn! Some of those were pretty small or not fully pollinated, but I'm very impressed considering how small my corn patch was and how lazy I got about hand-pollinating. I harvested sweet, delicious corn continuously from mid-July to mid-August, and pulled a lot of dried ears in early September for flour. Delicious, beautiful, and easy to grow.
McKenna from CO


3 out of 5 stars Jan 4, 2021
The corn is as beautiful as the illustrations show on their seed packet. The flavor and size were not nearly as impressive, but it didn't matter when we knew we were holding these little gems in our hands. We'll buy these again for the upcoming year and do a better job of watering consistently, and will update the rating at that time!
Ariel from OR
Owner Response: Hi Ariel, If you would like to enjoy this corn as sweet corn the best flavor comes while kernels are still pale. You can find more guidance in the packet and also in the Corn: Sow and Grow article in the learn more tab on this page. Happy gardening!

Great seeds

5 out of 5 stars Nov 11, 2021
Every seed germinated. Beautiful colors. Looking forward to plant these again.
Kristy from RI
Owner Response: Thanks for sharing your experience!

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