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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

21 Jul 17, Mike (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I would have a guess and say it probably doesn't matter what variety you plant but more when you plant it. Temperate - Sept to Jan and Cool - Oct to Jan. I tried a heirloom variety and it didn't taste very good. Went back to the Big Hardware Chain (Bunnings) and bought seedlings - the hybrid kind. Probably comes down to what kind of corn you prefer. I have tried seed planting for green cabbage, red cabbage, broccoli and corn this year - won't bother again - will just buy seedlings.
29 Jul 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Something I have done and will do again is use a cob of corn I bought from a supermarket. Or a cob from a planting of seedlings. Let it dry out and use the seeds. Only do this one or two times and then start with a new cob. Hybrids don't grow true to type.
12 Jun 17, (USA - Zone 5a climate)
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.
04 May 17, Tony Morales (Australia - temperate climate)
I usually plant yellow (mild) chillies, tomatoes, capsicums, lettuce and herbs which possums do not seem to touch but have blocked up any possible rabbit entry (they a few around Forestville) so I really have no problems.I Still would love to find out when and how to plant my purple corn.
06 May 17, Giovanni (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Late Spring is a good time to sow maize/corn in cooler areas. The soil temperature needs to be above 15 degrees before Summer crops will really take off. A soil thermometer is a good investment, they cost around $20.00.
03 May 17, (Australia - temperate climate)
I have s quite a few PURPLE CORN which I grew a few years ago but over the last 2 years I have been unable to grow them again. Is there any information available about the best time an method to grow them in Sydney?. Thank you
04 May 17, Sean (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Corn and maize do well if they have plenty of compost or manure and a good water supply. They can normally be planted as the weather warms up in spring. probably mid-September onwards in Sydney. You could also plant climbing beans to grow up the corn stalks once the corn has reached about waist high.
03 May 17, Rae (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Best time to plant corn in Geraldton WA
04 May 17, Ken (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sow seed from September till the end of the year.
30 Apr 17, zaakirah cassim (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
What season does the mealies get harvested in South Africa
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I want to plant the 3 sisters, corn (maize), beans and squash, for my zone (9b) both beans and squash can be planted in Aug/Sep but I've missed the cut off for sweetcorn. Has anyone had experience of planting maize in this climate at this time? Will it work or am I likely to be disappointed? Thanks for any help. Katie

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