Painted Hill Sweet Corn Seeds


This packet sows up to 19 feet.
3.5714285714286 out of 5 stars
(7 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

7 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!


1 out of 5 stars Aug 1, 2022
I planted 2 packets and also bought 2 extra packets. The salks haven't reached even close to 5 feet. Tastles are all out on some but NO CORN ON THE STALKS AT ALL, NOT EVEN ONE!
Celia Stockton from WA
Owner Response: Hi Celia, Thank you for choosing Botanical Interests! Corn is very "plastic" meaning its performance is dependent upon environmental conditions, showing differences in height, plant appearance, and yield based on soil, water, sun, and nutrient quality. Tassels, which carry pollen, emerge from the top of the plant, usually just ahead of the silks, which emerge lower on the plant and look like long, silky hairs. Each strand of silk needs to be pollinated to become a kernel in the ear of corn. Once both tassels and silks have merged, you can ensure good pollination by shaking the plants (hand pollinating). We are always happy to help you troubleshoot growing issues, please feel free to contact us.

Painted Hill Corn

3 out of 5 stars Dec 12, 2022
I originally bought these seeds to try and see if they were really sweet corn or had that indian corn taste. I also bought them for their beautiful kernels so I could dry them out and use them as decorations. When I planted them however they had a hard time growing very tall. Compared to my sweet corn they underperformed in size barely getting over four feet tall. This could just be a defect of the cross breeding but I found they also did not produce good size ears. Often I would find ears that had only partly grown all the way and they were usually much shorter than the sweet corn. I am however going to give them a second chance because these might have been a result of how I raised them. To any buyers considering I would be wary of these and really treat them good because they seem to be a fickle variety.
Peyton from ID
Owner Response: Hi Peyton, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Our horticulturist is always happy to help troubleshoot any growing issues that you may face. You may find our Corn: Sow and Grow Guide valuable for your next crop! Feel free to reach out to us at horticulturist@botanicalinterests.com.

The Best Obviously

5 out of 5 stars Jan 21, 2023
Obviously the best. Grows excellent with vining peas. You will get shirt fulls of peas and corn with just a small patch. Make sure they can polinate by planting at least a 5-6x10 ft. patch, never had great success with native circles cultivation w/ the squash in the center but great success planting in rows and columns.
John from CA

Small ears

3 out of 5 stars Feb 12, 2023
Grew these thrice in texas & California and every time I only get 3-4" corn ears. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Pretty kernels tho
Ramesses from TX
Owner Response: Hi Ramesses, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. There are a few reasons why your ears of corn may be small. Some of those reasons include lack of nutrients, inconsistent irrigation, or compact soil. Check out our article Corn: Sow and Grow Guide to learn more about the optimal growing conditions for corn! Also, always feel free to reach out to us at horticulturist@botanicalinterests.com for tips and tricks!

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