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Hickory King White Corn


Hickory King White Corn is one of the largest field corn varieties you can grow. Produces 12-13′ tall plants and two large ears per plant. Great for roasting and grinding. 85/110 days to maturity. Untreated. Zea mays. Approx. 1,000 seeds per lb.

Treatment: Untreated


Check out our Corn Growing Guide to learn more about how to grow corn in your garden.

Hickory King White Corn is an heirloom field corn variety with super-sized plants, ears and kernels. This white, open-pollinated variety produces plants that can get as large as 12-13' tall. Each plant will produce two large ears, usually around 9-10" in length. Ears have tight husks which do a great job of protecting the ears from corn earworms and beetles. Due to the plant size, Hickory King White Corn should be grown on 10-12" plant spacing to give plants adequate room to grow. Plants do have a strong root structure which will support the tall foliage. Hickory King is a great variety for roasting ears when corn is still in the milking stage, but it also is very tasty when ground into corn meal and used for cornbread or grits.

Hickory King corn should be planted in the spring after the last frost date. Corn can be grown throughout the warmer months up until fall, as long as time is permitted for harvest before first frost. Succession planting is recommended with at least two plantings, one in early spring and one in late summer/early fall. Corn ear worm pressure will be greater in the warmer months, but this can be alleviated by applying spinosad to silks and tassels once they appear.

We recommend planting Hickory King corn using a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. Once plants emerge, thin plants to 8-12" depending on adequate irrigation. If drip irrigation is used, in-row spacing may be as close as 8". If water is scarce, a wider in-row spacing will be necessary. For pollination purposes, corn should be planted in a square plot with rows on 30-36" spacing. Planting a few long rows will result in poor germination and absence of kernels on the cobs.

Hickory King White Corn Planting Information

Planting Method: direct seed

When to Plant: after last frost

Planting Depth: 1"

Seed Spacing: 10-12"

Row Spacing: 30-36"

Days to Maturity: 85/110

Disease Resistance: None

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews

This is my go-to field corn. Always reliable and prolific. I will always grow this corn. Animals love it and I always get a good harvest.

Gail Greene
growing treats for my poultry

I've been planning to grow corn for my birds but we don't live near a feed store to buy economical seeds. This very generous packet of Hickory King white corn will allow me to do some staggered plantings rather than use it all at once. It's such fun to watch the "girls" attack whole corn on the cob when it's still tender and fresh. The first planting I've done is coming along nicely. Another plus: if there's a bug here or there, it's a value-added treat as far as they're concerned! No need to stress about perfect ears.

Michael Bell
Very good Quality

I ordered from HOSS once again and the seed was of good quality and unlike other seed suppliers had no crumbs or busted / cracked seed.


Great packaging

Old school corn at its best!

I planted 2 lbs of this at a rate of 8 in spacing on 24" rows and that is waaaay to dense. I grew some 12' stalks but a limited amount of corn ! 12" on 36" rows will work much better. The corn quality that I did grow was exceptional with large white kernels as advertised . I shelled approx. 25lbs and my liquor making co-worker saw fit to talk me out of all of it!