How to Plant & Sow Corn Seeds at Home

Overview

One of the oldest known cultivated vegetables, corn is very easy to grow. Civilizations have been planting and growing corn for nearly 10,000 years. Corn is simple to grow from seed, sowing the seeds directly into the ground in the spring. The only drawback to growing corn is that you need a lot of space and a uniform planting scheme for proper pollination. If you have at least 10 square feet of yard or garden space to spare, however, you'll find that planting corn seeds at home is a breeze.

Step 1

Select at least a 10-foot by 10-foot area to plant your corn seeds. You will need this space or more to ensure proper pollination.

Step 2

Prepare your soil in March to give it enough time to settle before planting the corn seeds. Using a spade or pitchfork, dig down into the soil to break up the top 6 inches. You can also use a rototiller to till the soil. Mix into the soil approximately one handful of bonemeal in every three square feet.

Step 3

Sow the corn seeds in the spring, after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed to at least 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, usually April or early May depending on where you live.

Step 4

Plant the corn seeds 5 to 6 inches apart in rows that are 2 to 3 feet apart. If you have a 10-foot by 10-foot corn plot, you can make four to five rows with about 20 seeds in each row. Plant the seeds approximately 1-inch deep.

Step 5

Thin the seedlings to 1 foot apart after they begin to sprout. Try to thin out the weaker-looking seedlings first.

Step 6

Spread a 1-inch layer of organic mulch over the corn plot, being careful to avoid burying the small sprouts. Give the corn seedlings 1 to 2 inches of water every week.

Step 7

Feed the corn plants every two weeks with a commercial fertilizer designed for tomatoes. Follow the dosage instructions on the packaging.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting one corn seed at a time. Plant two seeds together to increase your chances of healthy seedlings. Be sure to thin out the weaker seedling if both seeds sprout.

Things You'll Need

  • Corn seeds
  • Spade or pitchfork
  • Rototiller (optional)
  • Bonemeal
  • Organic mulch
  • Tomato fertilizer
  • Peat pots (optional)

References

  • Burpee.com: All About Corn

Who Can Help

  • Gardenaction.co: Growing Sweet Corn
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