Grow Your Own Sweet Corn
Follow our step-by-step planting guide to grow your own sweet corn.
Fresh sweet corn is one of summer's most beloved treats. To enjoy sweet corn at its tender, sugary best, plant a patch close to your kitchen door in direct sun so you can easily pick it and pop it directly into a pot of boiling water.
Grow Your Own Sweet Corn: Plant
In order to grow your own sweet corn, plant when soil temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Sow seeds 1 inch deep every 4 inches, dropping a couple of seeds into each hole to ensure germination. Corn loves nitrogen, consider amending your soil with a type of manure.
Grow Your Own Sweet Corn: Thin
In order to have the most success at growing your own sweet corn, you must reduce crowding. When plants are about 4 inches tall, thin to one plant per foot to avoid lodging -- wind flattening the corn to the ground. Corn has a shallow root system, so water at least 1 inch per week. If you have wind damage, sturdy stalks often right themselves.