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Growing Sweet corn, also maize

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
P P P P P P P P P P P  

(Best months for growing Sweet corn in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 16°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 30 cm apart
  • Harvest in 11-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): All beans, cucumber, melons, peas, pumpkin, squash, amaranth
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Celery.
  • A seedling
    A seedling
  • A young corn plant
    A young corn plant
  • Feathery cobs on side of stem. Male flowers at top.
    Feathery cobs on side of stem. Male flowers at top.

Plant in 4 by 4 blocks to encourage germination Pick when the silky threads on the cobs turn brown or black. Part the top of the leaves and test for ripeness by pressing a grain with your fingernail. If it is milky, it is ready.

Early varieties ripen quickly and are sweeter when just picked.

Avoid planting coloured maize ( for drying) near sweetcorn as they will cross-pollinate and spoil the cobs on both.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Sweet corn

Pick and cook within an hour. Remove the silks and outer leaves.
Best flavour if microwave about 4 minutes per cob.
Can be barbequed wrapped in foil
Cook large amounts in a stock pot until test soft.
Sprinkle with black pepper and dip in butter.

Your comments and tips

25 Mar 16, Greg (the buck) (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Grow your corn in 2mx2m squares. Plant squash & beans with them, it's an old method called the 3 sisters. Each plant gives good energy to the other. Try it. You will be blown away by the quality of your veg.
22 Mar 16, Victoria (Australia - temperate climate)
you can use the stalks to grow your peas up.
20 Mar 16, Eryn (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How long can a one sweet corn plant produce for? We have just harvest corn from the plants, are they now useless and need to be replaced?
16 Apr 16, Bob Dobbs (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Yes, they need to be replaced as they will not crop again. They will die off. All the best, Bob
15 Jan 16, Elizabeth (Australia - temperate climate)
why can't you plant corn and celery together thanks
09 Jan 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I have had an excellent first crop of sweet corn harvested in December. Each plant gave me one good corn kernel, even though two and sometimes three cobs were growing. Can you harvest two or three good corn cobs per plant or is it a myth? If so what is the secret?
12 Jan 16, AnnonRabbit (Australia - temperate climate)
Although I am by far not an expert, you can defiantly harvest 2 good ones. I have sweet corn and Wumpum with multiple good ears. I have seen 3 good ears (though not on mine) and I have even heard of numbers reaching to 4 but that may be a myth ;) As to how to obtain those numbers i am unsure!
05 Jan 16, (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can you buy zea mays corn plants in Melbourne?
06 Jan 16, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Eden Seeds online store have various maize seed varieties.
04 Jan 16, fill Italiano (Australia - temperate climate)
i would like to know if mid jane is a good time to plant sweetcorn in Perth w a i am in a temperate area also a tip on when to seeding time for vegetables thank you
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