How to Grow Corn

Written by James Puno

April 21, 2020

Planting and Growing Corn - Punos GardenGardening brings joy and fulfillment to a grower every time he reaps the fruits of his labor. Growing vegetables in your garden is a rewarding activity that brings health benefits and free vegetables on your table.

Corn is a common plant grown on backyard gardens because of its sweet taste. Growing corn plant isn’t difficult if you know how to grow corn properly. However, it can also be challenging as it requires maintenance if you want to get the best results.

Choose a Variety

First and foremost, you need to know what type of corn would grow best in your area. Knowing when to grow corn is important as some types don’t thrive on specific soil type and climate. There are corn types that prefer warmer soil while there are those that thrive on cooler soil. Different varieties also prefer different soil pH level. In most cases, the best time to plant corn is between May and June. Once you’ve done your research on when to grow corn in your place, the next step you need to do is to plant it in your garden.


Planting Corn

The best method to plant corn is by sowing it directly into your garden bed. Make sure that they have the right amount of space to avoid getting overcrowded they are fully grown. Don’t forget to plant them on an area with full sunlight. It’s also important that your soil has been prepared with manure before sowing the seeds. The soil should also be rich in nitrogen to support the healthy growth of your corn.

Maintenance

Corn requires a lot of maintenance at an early age as they can’t compete with weeds. As a grower, you need to inspect your garden beds regularly to make sure that there are no weeds competing with the plants. It’s important that you make visits to your garden to check with the corn growth stages. You should provide water to your corn frequently during the first few weeks. Normally, they require about one inch of water a week to encourage proper growth of “ears” or fruit. If you miss watering your corn, you’ll be surprised to find out missing kernels on the ears of your corn. Avoid too much watering though as this can also do harm to your plant. When pouring water, you should always water around the plant stalk and not on top. Pouring water on top of the corn will affect the pollination process as you’ll remove its pollen.

Harvest

When your plant is around 13 to 18 inches tall, you’ll begin to experience the best part of growing corn. You’ll notice that your plant has developed a dry, brown silk tail at the top or pointed part of the ear. It’s usually removed when cooking as it can make a big mess. Harvest your corn “ears” when you see a full kernel. “Tassels” at the top of your corn plant also dries up. You can now cook and eat your corn after being harvested. Enjoy the best taste of your corn!

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