Corn Growing Guide

Corn, also known as Sweet Corn

Crop Rotation Group

Miscellaneous 

Soil

Warm, well-drained soil enriched with composted manure or other rich compost.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

No.

Feeding

Needs more nitrogen than other vegetables. Mix an organic fertilizer into the soil before planting, following label application rates. When tassels form, feed plants second time.

Companions

Beans, Dill, Marigold, Sunflower, Cucumber, Melon, Peas and Squash.

Spacing

Single Plants: 1' 1" (35cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 11" (30cm) with 1' 5" (45cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Wait until the soil is warm to sow sweet corn. Soak seeds in water overnight before planting them 1 inch deep and 6 inches apart. Thin to 12 inches apart when the plants are 6 inches tall.
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Notes

Plant in blocks of at least 15 plants, all the same variety, to insure good wind pollination. Keep well watered in dry spells.

Harvesting

Sweet corn is ready when the ears feel firm and full when grasped, and a test kernel pierced with a fingernail released milky juice. Harvest in the morning, and promptly refrigerate ears to help them hold their delicate sugars.

Troubleshooting

Corn earworms often feed in ear tips. Snap off the damaged part as you husk your sweet cork. Sweet corn germinates poorly in cold soil.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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