Grow Your Own Sweet Corn

Follow our step-by-step planting guide to grow your own sweet corn.


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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.

Homegrown tomatoes are another summer favorite; learn how to grow your own.

Grow Your Own Sweet Corn: Plant

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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

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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.

Grow Your Own Sweet Corn: Check Readiness

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Sweet corn is ready to pick about 20 days after the ears begin silking. Ripe ears have dry silk and are full to the touch.

Grow Your Own Sweet Corn: Harvest

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For the best tasting corn, pick mature ears and drop them directly into boiling water so the sugars don't convert to starch -- which begins almost immediately after picking.

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