Corn Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Poacaea
Plant Type:
Annual
Typical Season:
Warm season
Typical Zones Grown In:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Growing Difficulty:
Moderate

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Direct Sow
When to Direct Sow:
May, June
When to Start Indoors:
Sprouting Time:
7-10
Soil Temperature (C):
20-30
Depth:
2-5cm deep
Spacing (cm):
8 cm
Row Spacing (cm):
20-25cm (8-10″)
Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Maturity Time:
80-90 days
When To Harvest:
August, September
How to Harvest:
Harvest when silks are brown and dry, the ears are large and start to pull away from the plants

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Corn kernels
Potential Health Benefits:
Eye Health, Digestive System, Mineral Dense

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Bean, Beet, Cucumber, Dill, Parsley, Pea, Potato, Squash, Sunflower
What Plants to Avoid:
Celery, Tomato
Common Pests:
Loopers, Nematodes
Common Disease:
Prevent disease and nutritional exhaustion of the soil by using 4-year crop rotation and composting old stalks.
Bonus Grow Tips:
Corn is a heavy feeder, so add manure or compost, and use 500g (1 lb) of complete organic fertilizer per 6m (60′) of row, mixing it thoroughly into the soil beneath each seed furrow.

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