How to Grow Corn
Planting and Growing Sweet Corn
Learn how to grow corn. We'll show you the process of planting and growing sweet
corn through all
the growth stages and proper corn plant care.
If you follow these easy instructions, you'll be picking and eating your own fresh corn on the cob
in 2-3 months. Then head back here and we will show you all of the wonderful ways to eat it!
How to Grow Sweet Corn
When planting sweet corn, or any variety, plant after last frost in early spring or summer depending on whether your corn is an
early or late variety.
Corn needs room to grow, so plant rows at least 3 feet apart and be sure to plant several rows. This insures cooperative
pollination and wind protection. 4 rows, 3 feet apart, and 5 feet long would be an ideal garden size.
Plant corn in full sun.
Plant seeds 1/2"-1" below the soil and immediately water, deeply. Water again in 2 days. The alternating wet and dry method
helps the seeds to germinate.
Plant 2-3 seeds per plant. When they are 4-5 inches tall, thin to 1 one plant. Transplanted corn rarely survives, but if you
are careful when you thin you may be able to save a few plants.
Corn Plant Care
Standard fertilizer every 3 weeks will help to promote green growth and big ears of corn.
How to Care for Your Growing Corn
Corn plants have a long tap root. So water them every other day, and especially deep 2 times a week.
Defend against deer and birds (i.e. scarecrow, fence, etc.), they love to eat both young and mature corn.
At the End of Corn's Growth Stage
The corn is ripe when the silk has turned brown and dried up. Another way to test corn's ripeness is to peel back the
tip of the husk and pop a kernel. If it is watery - give it time; if it's creamy - it's ripe and ready to go!
Here are a few places online where you can find sweet corn seed. If you plan on growing a sweet variety, Silver Queen (white), Golden Bantam (yellow), and Early Sunglow (yellow) are very
popular. So if you are not sure what kind to plant, you might consider one of those:
Types of Corn
History of Corn
How To Grow Corn