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Silver Queen Corn Planting

By Joshua Duvauchelle ; Updated September 21, 2017
Grow your own bountiful corn harvest in your backyard.

Silver Queen corn is a pale-colored hybrid variety that Burpee claims to be the "most well-known name in sweet corn." The corn stalks reach a height of approximately 8 feet and produce 9-inch-long corn ears. Silver Queen corn is resistant to common corn diseases like bacterial wilt, according to the University of Illinois. Sow Silver Queen seeds in any garden plot that receives a minimum of six to seven hours of direct sunlight. You'll be harvesting your first crop within 92 days.

Prepare the garden soil. Use a spade to break up the soil into small dirt clumps to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.

Amend your garden plot. Add 2 inches of compost and mix it into the ground. Follow it with a single application of standard 10-10-10 garden fertilizer, applying at the rate listed on the fertilizer's label since fertilizer potency varies by brand.

Plant the corn seeds. Bury each seed 1/2 inch below the surface of the soil. Space each seed by 12 inches. If you're planting more than one row of corn, separate each row by 3 feet.

Water the planted corn twice daily or as needed to keep the dirt moist. The seeds will germinate within seven to 10 days.

Continue watering the corn twice a day. Specific water needs vary by climate. Use the corn plants' appearance as an indicator. Slight wilting of the foliage is a sign of dehydration. Conserve soil moisture by piling 2 inches of mulch around the base of the corn plants.


Things You Will Need

  • Spade
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Silver Queen corn seeds
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • Silver Queen corn, like all sweet corn varieties, are very hungry plants. Ensure a full harvest by feeding the plants a second time with 10-10-10 fertilizer once the corn is approximately 12 inches tall.

About the Author


Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.