Growing Sweet corn, also maize

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

(Best months for growing Sweet corn in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 61°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 12 inches apart
  • Harvest in 11-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): All beans, cucumber, melons, peas, pumpkin, squash, amaranth
  • Avoid growing close to: Celery.

Your comments and tips

24 Mar 20, Chris (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I think they transplant ok. They sell corn seedlings in seed trays at Bunnings.
24 Mar 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It is very easy to germinate corn in the garden. Plant into wet soil or give a good watering after planting and don't water again for 3-4 days depending if it is hot or warm. If you over water them they will rot. You can do in trays but as mention above be careful with watering. Transplant when about 75-100mm high, don't leave it until they are 300mm high. Sane applies to bean and peas.
22 Mar 20, kishinchand chellaram (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I plant sweet corn and is growing since January . so I want to know when it is ripe to eat it. thanks
24 Mar 20, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
Just separate a small part of the husk and have a look at the kernels. If they are a bright yellow and nice and plump then they are ready. Don't leave on the plant for too long after this time as the can start to dry and harden.
24 Mar 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When the tassel (spear) comes out the top, over the next 5 days it will pollinate and then it takes around 21 days until ready to pick. Around this time just peel back a little of the top of a cob to see what it looks like. You will soon learn to judge it right.
02 Feb 20, Enia (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Where can I buy fresh maize to eat please
03 Feb 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Maize is generally the term for corn that is high in starch. Corn for boiling bbq etc is sweet corn or super sweet corn. Buy it at a supermarket or garden markets when in season. I grow sweet corn a lot of the year.
02 Jan 20, Safoa (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Please what are the requirements for growing sweet corn in the tropics
04 Jan 20, Another gardener (Australia - tropical climate)
The biggest problem with growing sweet corn is germinating the seed. The ground should be moist when planting the seeds. Give a light watering after planting. Don't water again for 3-5 days depend on how hot it is. If the soil is too wet the seeds will just rot. If really hot weather try and cover with shade cloth or protect them from the hot part of the day. Once they are growing plenty of fertiliser and water.
27 Jan 20, Cindy (Australia - temperate climate)
Always plant at least 3 seeds in each spot as I find they don't always germinate. It's good to have back up.
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In order to have a later harvest when is the last date in my time zone that I can plant sweet corn. We already have first planting in.

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