How to Grow Indian Corn in 3-Foot Raised Beds


Indian corn makes a nice change to a garden bed. Dried cornstalks and corn ears are always popular fall decorations, but you can also use the ears for birdseed. If your native soil is poor or if you have a soil-less yard, corn performs well in raised beds and containers. In a 3-foot wide raised bed, you can plant two long rows of Indian corn. Corn plants will case a shadow as they grow so you'll have to locate your corn where it won't interfere with other vegetables.

Step 1

Turn over the soil in your raised bed using a trowel. Remove any weeds, rocks and other debris from your bed.

Step 2

Wait until the soil temperatures reach 56 to 60 F. According to the Maryland Master Gardeners, planting corn in colder or damp soil will hamper seed germination.

Step 3

Create two long rows in your raised bed using the edge of shovel. The rows need to be no more than 2 inches deep. Indian corn prefers a 30- to 42-inch spacing between rows, so a 3-foot wide bed should handle two rows perfectly.

Step 4

Plant corn seeds in the rows. Space the seeds 8 to 10 inches apart (for small ears) or 10 to 12 inches apart apart for larger varieties. Cover over the seed with soil.

Step 5

Soak the garden bed until the soil is saturated. The seedlings should emerge within one week.

Step 6

Continue to water the Indian corn whenever the soil becomes dry to the touch. Water deeply until the soil is saturated. Avoid getting the leaves of stalks wet, as this could cause disease.

Step 7

Harvest Indian corn after approximately 80 days or when the silk tassels change color. Indian corn can remain on the stalk until you are ready to harvest it. Once you've harvested the corn, pull back the husks t0 expose the ear. Then hang the husks indoors to dry out. As they dry, the colors darken and the husks dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Indian corn seeds
  • Shovel
  • Water


  • National Gardening Association: Corn Planting Variations
  • Maryland Master Gardeners: Ornamental Corn
  • Essential Garden Guide: Corn
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