Corn Flakes: From the Farm to Your Breakfast Bowl

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Whether you roll out of bed bursting with energy or hitting the snooze button, a deliciously filling breakfast comprising corn flakes can give you the power to tackle the day. Try whipping up a breakfast bowl packed with protein and flavor!

But have you wondered how you get corn flakes? Daily, every meal option is becoming as simple as buying from a supermarket. Your kid can be excused, and you can laugh off the matter when your kid answers that corn flakes are made in the supermarket.

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Have you wondered why this belief comes to the children that meat, poultry, cornflakes are made in the supermarket? This is the result of our hectic lifestyle, where we buy everything from the supermarket. When the kids do not see the live poultry or plants, they are bound to have these beliefs. 

Here, we discuss planting corn or maize in your garden to get the freshest corn.

Different Types of Corn for Corn Flakes

There is no alternative for the taste and flavor of the cob of the corn that has been just picked from the Garden. When choosing a corn variety, the primary considerations are the flavor and adaptability to your garden’s climate.

There are three varieties of fresh-eating sweet corn that their taste can group: standard corn, sugary enhanced corn, and super sweet corn. The flavor type is linked to the corn’s adaptability to your Garden’s climate, specifically the plant soil and air temperature.

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The difference between the three corn types is as follows.

Standard Corn

It is the “old-fashioned” corn that your grandfather grew, the corn with tasty corn flavor. Many are heirlooms, and open-pollinated varieties have been around for years and years. Standard corn is planted in excellent soil (as soil profile matters) with temperatures as cool as 55°F. This variety of corn is best rushed to the kitchen and consumed within an hour of harvest. The most popular dish being popcorn.

Sugary enhanced Corn

They are hybrid varieties that retain their sweet flavor up to 3 days post-harvest. They give growers a 3-day window for harvest. When it is near harvest time, it is essential to monitor standard corn daily to make sure that you pick them up at the peak of its sweet flavor. Sugary enhanced hybrids do not require daily monitoring.

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You can pick up the sugary enhanced corn anytime within the three-day peak flavor period. This type of corn requires soil temperatures about 10° warmer than standard corn.

Super sweet corn

It is also a hybrid variety and is the sweetest flavored of all corn. Super sweet corn varieties are more adorable than sugary enhanced varieties. Super sweets also have an improved harvest window of 2 to 3 days. This variety of super sweet corn can be very demanding, as it requires the soil no less than 65°F during the planting time.

It grows best when the ground is pre-warmed (cover beds with black plastic to warm the earth). Moreover, it is less vigorous than both standards and sugary enhanced corn.

Standard Corn for Corn Flakes

Butter and Sugar. 73 days. Kernels are bi-color white and yellow, good flavor; 7 to 8-inch ears. It resists bacterial wilt and southern corn leaf blight.

Jubilee. 83 days. Sweet, yellow, and tender kernels for eating fresh or processing corn flakes. It bears large ears, 8 to 9 inches long, with 16 rows. Solid and sturdy stalks from 7 to 7½ feet. It resists smog and smut.

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Golden Cross Bantam. 85 days. Large yellow kernels. Uniform ears are 7.5 to 8 inches long with 10 to 14 rows per ear. Sturdy stalk to 6 feet; very prolific. It resists bacterial wilt.

Silver Queen. 88 days. Very sweet, snow-white, and tender kernels; ears 8 to 9 inches long with 14 to16 rows. Holds for several days without losing quality. Its stalk grows 7½ to 8 feet tall. It is widely adapted and resists bacterial wilt and Stewart’s wilt.

Sugary Enhanced Corn for Corn Flakes

Breeder’s Choice. 73 days. Extra sweet, tender, creamy, light yellow kernels. It stays sweet for 10 to 14 days after reaching maturity. The stalks bear two ears, 16 to 18 entire rows. The plant grows up to 7 feet.

Concord. It is also called Moore’s Early Concord. It bears tender, sweet, bicolor kernels. The ears are 6 to 8 inches long with 12 to 16 rows. Stalks to 5 feet. Early harvest.

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How Sweet It Is. 87 days. It comes with sweet, tender, crisp white kernels. The flavor holds well on stalks and in storage. It bears slightly tapered ears to 8 inches long with 18 to 22 rows of kernels. Stalks up to 6.5 feet tall and produce two ears per stalk. It is widely adopted, and it is resistant to most diseases.

Kandy Korn. 89 days. It bears sweet, golden yellow, and tender kernels. Regarded as excellent for canning and freezing. It has uniform ears to 8 inches long with 16 to 18 rows. Stalks 8 to 9 feet tall. It also adapts to a wide range of climates.

Super sweet Corn for Corn Flakes

Early Xtra Sweet. 71 days. It bears extra sweet golden yellow kernels that are small and tender. It has uniform ears, 7 to 9 inches long, with 12 to 16 rows of kernels. Its growth is vigorous, and it grows 5 to 6 feet tall. It gets ready two weeks earlier than Illini Xtra-Sweet. It is resistant to most diseases.

Butterfruit Original Early. 72 days. It bears right yellow kernels, savory flavor, tightly packed ears. The plant grows to 5 feet, and it matures early.

Sweetie. 82 days. It bears tender-crisp, exceptionally sweet, deep golden yellow kernels. It has lightly tapered ears 7 to 8 inches long with 14 to 18 rows of kernels. Stalks grows upto 6 feet. Retains sweetness for an extended period, both in the field and when harvested. Thirty percent lesser calories than regular corn. Overall an excellent variety for home gardens.

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Illini Xtra Sweet. Matures in 85 days. It bears golden yellow sweet kernels; 14 to 18 rows per ear. The plant grows up to 6.5 feet. It also freezes well.

Super-sweet Jubilee. Matures in 85 days. It bears Super sweet, yellow kernels, 18 rows per ear. Plants to 8 feet. High yield.

Baby Corn and Ornamental Corn for Corn Flakes

Baby Asian. Finger-size cobs with white kernels. Tender and delicately flavored. Use in stir-fries, vegetable salads, and pickles. Harvest shortly after silks appear.

Indian corn. Matures in 100-110 days. It has large and decorative ears about 7 to 9 inches long, kernels of red, purple, orange, yellow, white, and blue. It has strong stalks.

Indian Fingers. Matures in 110 days. It bears multi-colored yellow, red, purple, orange kernels. The cobs are up to 4 inches long and the stalks length varies from from 6 to 7 feet.

Rainbow. Matures in 90-112 days. It bears multi-colored kernels and has . large, smooth ears. It is use for winter decorations, roasting, or frying when young. They are open-pollinated.

Corn Growing Success Tips for Corn Flakes

Corn growing success can be achieved by following some simple growing strategies:

Planting bed preparation. Choose a site with full sun. Choose a bed or area where you can plant corn on 2 to 3-foot squares or blocks. Growing in a block pattern will maximize pollination. Corn is pollinated commonly by the wind as the pollen falls from the male tassels to the female silks. Even the proximity of stalks will increase the opportunity for pollination.

You must try to plant corn on small hills or in raised beds. Corn prefers well-drained soil that warms quickly. In flatbeds, turn the ground to 6 inches deep. Add plenty of aged compost in the planting area and dust with nitrogen-rich cottonseed or soybean meal (roughly 3 pounds per 100 square feet).

Planting time

You must sow corn or set out small starts when the soil has warmed to at least 65°F. We all know them as corn flakes. This is typically two to three weeks after the last frost in spring. You can use black plastic to cover the ground in advance and pre-warm the bed.


Corn is a member of the grass family and it requires regular and even moisture. You need to give corn 1 to 2 inches of water each week. Place drip irrigation or a soaker hose near the base of stalks and cover with straw mulch to help keep the soil evenly moist—side-dress corn with aged compost every 3 to 4 weeks during the growing season.

Pest protection

You need to cover seeded beds with row covers to exclude birds, caterpillars, and beetles early on. You also need to handpick caterpillars and beetles that attack mature plants. Apply five drops of vegetable oil to the silks on each ear as the silks begin to brown; this will turn away earworms.


When tassels appear on the ears, you need to gently shake stalks each day so that pollen will fall to the silks. Differing corn varieties planted in close proximities will likely result in cross-pollination. To avoid cross-pollination, sow different varieties of corn plants (corn flakes) at least 25 feet apart or time planting so that different types are not flowering simultaneously.


Begin picking ears three weeks after the first silks appeared on stalks. When silks turn brown, check ears to ensure they are filled and begin selecting. You can squeeze a kernel with your fingernail. the ear is ripe if milky white juice drips out. The cob should be left on the plant until the husks have thoroughly dried.

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