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Chubby Checkers Corn

Zea mays 'Chubby Checkers'

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Chubby Checkers Corn (Zea mays 'Chubby Checkers') at Bast Brothers Garden Center

Chubby Checkers Corn fruit

Chubby Checkers Corn fruit

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Height:  6 feet

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)


A beautiful variety that produces golden kernels on 9 inch long cobs; plant in gardens in rows of 4 or as natural screening; sweet flavor profile with tender kernels, great for salsas, salads or eating right off the cob

Edible Qualities

Chubby Checkers Corn is an annual vegetable plant that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces small cobs of yellow long kernels with creamy white variegation which are harvested from early summer to early fall. The kernels have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.

The kernels are most often used in the following ways:

  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Cooking
  • Canning
  • Freezing

Planting & Growing

Chubby Checkers Corn will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. This fast-growing vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop. Because of its relatively short time to maturity, it lends itself to a series of successive plantings each staggered by a week or two; this will prolong the effective harvest period. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This plant can be integrated into a landscape or flower garden by creative gardeners, but is usually grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Ornamental Features