How to Grow Corn
Corn is a tender plant that's easily damaged by cold weather. Sow it or put out transplants only after the soil has warmed.
When to Start: mid- to late spring
At Their Best: late summer
Time to Complete: a few hours over several weeks
- corn seeds
- small pots for sowing
- seed labels
How to Sow
Corn will be ready for planting about six weeks after sowing indoors in pots. Clear all weeds from the soil and dig it over thoroughly. Plant out in square blocks — which aids pollination — spacing plants 14 inches apart. You can also sow direct from late spring onward, but sow two seeds per spot in case one of them fails to grow.
Test for Ripeness
Once the tassels turn brown, test regularly for ripeness. Press a nail into a kernel — if a milky liquid comes out, it's ready; if watery, it's under-ripe; but if doughy, the corn has passed its best.
Harvesting the Cobs
Pick the cobs by twisting them off, only when you're ready to cook them; their natural sugars quickly turn starchy once picked. Corn is delicious wrapped in foil and grilled on a barbecue.
Top Tip: Intercropping
Try growing other crops among your corn, because its foliage lets lots of light through to the ground. Use quick maturing crops such as lettuces, or corn’s traditional intercropping partners, winter squash and pumpkin.
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Inexpensive "plugs," seedlings that you pot up once before planting out, are ideal if you don't have the space to sow seeds yourself and are the simplest option for plants that are hard to germinate.
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