How to Grow Corn

by on May 4, 2012


Nothing quite says “garden” like tall stalks of corn reaching up to the sky.You don’t have to have acres of space to have a successful corn crop this year, just a few square feet can yield enough to enjoy throughout the season.
Temp Range: 50 – 60 degrees F
Seed to Plate: 65 days +/-
Light Needs: min. 6 hours of full sun
How Much to Grow Per Person: 8-10 stalks per person
Average Space Needs: 4 stalks / square foot
Water Needs: moist, well drained soil
Soil pH: slightly acid, 6.0 –6.5

Corn is easy to start from seed, just be absolutely certain that the last frost of the season has come and gone as corn doesn’t fare well in cold weather.

Corn seeds a lot of nutrient content from the soil, especially nitrogen. That’s why it is a great choice for planting where you had beans or peas in the previous year as those plants fix nitrogen in the soil. Alternatively, side dressing with a fertilizer rich in nitrogen in the first week after germination will give your stalks a great boost.

Plant corn seed two per hole at a depth of 1” and water well. On average your seed will germinate in 7-10 days. If both seeds germinate, clip the weaker of the two off at ground level to avoid disturbing or damaging the roots of the remaining plant.

By planting several stalks at a time every 2-3 weeks, you will have a consistent harvest all season. Your corn is ready to harvest when you pierce a kernel with your fingernail and a milky-white liquid is released. Don’t wait until the corn silks are dried or the husks begin to yellow or your corn will be past its prime.


The following corn seed varieties are available from the UrbanFig Shop:

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