How to Grow Silver Queen Corn


Growing your own corn provides you with the freshest crop that you cannot get anywhere else--not even from the local farmer--because you can cook it within minutes of harvesting it. Silver Queen corn planted in your home garden in spring will provide you with a tasty crop of corn in just more than three months.

Step 1

Select an area to grow Silver Queen corn that provides full sun. Plan to sow at least two or three rows to make certain of good pollination and ear growth.

Step 2

Prepare the soil after the last chance of frost has passed. Clear the area of all plants, rocks, branches or other debris.

Step 3

Use rototiller or hand tools to break up the soil to a depth of 6 inches. Work 2 inches of compost and organic matter into the area. Add a regular vegetable fertilizer into the soil, as directed.

Step 4

Sow the Silver Queen corn seeds ½ (cool, damp soil) to 1½ inches (warm, dry soil) deep. Space the seeds 9 to 12 inches apart in a row. Space the rows 2 to 3 feet apart.

Step 5

Water the seeds thoroughly after planting. Cover the area around the planted corn with a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch to retain the moisture and deter weeds from emerging near the growing corn. Cultivate the area lightly (as needed), if mulch is not used.

Step 6

Supply between 1 to 1½ inches of water to the planted corn weekly, if rainfall fails to. Apply additional fertilizer around the corn when the plants reach 1 foot tall.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Rake
  • Rototiller (optional)
  • Compost
  • Organic matter
  • Fertilizer
  • Silver Queen corn kernels (seeds)
  • Water
  • Mulch (optional)


  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension: Growing Sweet Corn
  • USA Gardener: How to Grow Corn
  • University of Illinois Extension: Watch Your Garden Grow

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina State University: Sweet Corn Production
  • University of Tennessee: Growing Sweet Corn in Home Gardens
  • Colorado State University Cooperative Extension: Growing Sweet Corn in the Backyard Garden
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.