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I would like to know more about what happens when a super sweet corn crosses with a regular sweet corn, are the hybrids still sweet or do they become unpalatable?
 
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Super sweet varieties need to be isolated because when they cross with regular eating corn, the are no longer super sweet. They are perfectly edible, but not super sweet.
 
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Thomas Fleafest wrote:I would like to know more about what happens when a super sweet corn crosses with a regular sweet corn, are the hybrids still sweet or do they become unpalatable?



It depends. The "super sweets" use the shrunken (sh) gene. The "sugary enhanced" use the se and su genes. And old fashioned sweet corn uses only the su gene. The sh gene doesn't get along well with se/su, so a cross gives you flour corn (tough), unless the super sweet is "synergistic" then you get sweet corn. Then to throw a winkle into it, there is also "augmented shrunken" which combines sh and se. It doesn't play well with anything containing su.
 
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