What You Need To Know About Growing Corn

August 30, 2019

Sinking your teeth into a perfectly ripened ear of corn is a wonderful feeling, especially if you planted that corn yourself. Although growing corn does take up a lot of garden space, people make room for planting corn because the taste of fresh-picked corn is unbeatable. This is probably why corn has been a staple in home gardens for over 4,000 years. 

Corn can easily be grown in your backyard, provided you have the room for it. Growing corn is just a matter of being patient and taking extra care of it during cold seasons. 

Planting Corn 

The ideal corn patch should be situated in a sunny area that is also protected from harsh winds. Corn is a heavy feeder, and it especially loves nitrogen. The best way to promote corn pollination is to plant corn in blocks as opposed to long rows. A block of corn should be at least three rows wide. If you’re apprehensive about planting more than two rows of corn, you can hand pollinate to improve the formation of kernels. Plant only a small handful of corn if you only care for eating it while it is still fresh. Harvest lengths can be extended by sowing an early maturation type of corn every 2-6 weeks. Corn is versatile enough that it can be planted mid-season. Avoid cross-pollination by keeping different corn cultivars 400 or more yards apart. 

Unfortunately, corn is highly susceptible to frosts. Residents of Utah will need to take extra care of their corn during the winter, as a severe cold snap will kill your corn. Transplanting corn can prove to be difficult, so you’ll want to use biodegradable pots to avoid disturbing your corn’s roots during transplanting time. The best action you can take during the winter is to wait for the danger of frosts to pass. Wait for the soil to warm up to 60 degrees, which is what is needed for seed germination.

Guidelines for Corn

Weeds are your corn’s enemy. Be sure to kill any weeds thoroughly around the stalks for the first month of growth. After the initial first month of growth, your corn’s shallow roots will begin to spread from the stalk. Do not disturb these roots, as this will cause damage to them. Apply mulch to prevent weeds from growing. Additionally, make sure to water your corn on a regular basis, as corn requires one inch of water per week, especially when the stalks begin to tassel. Neglecting your corn’s water intake will result in stressed-out corn, which causes missing kernels. One of the worst actions you can take against your corn is watering them from above, as this will wash away pollen from the flowering tips. Instead, apply water at the soil surface by using either drip irrigation or a soaker hose. 

Are you tired of store-bought corn? It’s time to harvest your own corn at home. All Green Pest Control can help you fertilize your land so that you can grow the sweetest, ripest corn possible. Our nitrate treatment will contribute to your corn’s growth by ensuring your corn has strong root development and lush green foliage. Call us today for your free quote.