Growing Sweet corn - Advice and Information about Sweetcorn
this photo doesn't make you want to grow your own sweet corn,
nothing will. (And it is quite easy!)
Sweet corn is not a difficult vegetable to grow these days. there are
some good varieties available for growing in most situations.
What you need to do to grow your own sweet corn successfully.
- Sweet Corn needs a long growing season to mature and produce
the cobs before the autumn sets in.
- Grow it in the sunniest, sheltered position in your garden
- Sow the seed indoors in April in single pots. They will not
germinate outdoors until it is too late to provide a good Sweet
Corn plant. They hate root disturbance - so individual pots are
better then seed strips.
- If you insist on sowing outdoors, then wait until may and
space the seeds (two to a station) 15in apart.
- If you are growing just a few plants, then they are best
planted in 'blocks' rather than in long rows. If you are
planting in rows - aim for at least three rows to help with the
- Sweet corn are normally pollinated with the help of the
- Keep them well watered and with regular feeding throughout
the summer. Liquid Tomato feed is good - or Seaweed extract.
You can tell when the cobs have 'set'. The
tassels will wither and the cob will start to swell and firm.
Quick Check Sowing to Cropping
- Sow seed in modules undercover in April and May – no sooner.
Plant out in June or July when warm.
Harvest in August September.
Seed sowing to cropping can be 12 weeks with good growing methods.