How To Grow Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that can be grown in many different climates. It is relatively easy to grow, but there are a few things you need to do to ensure a successful harvest. This guide on how to grow sweet corn covers everything you need to know to start growing your very own sweet corn at home.

Choosing the right location

Sweet corn needs full sun, so choose a location that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. The soil should be well-drained and rich in organic matter. If your soil is not ideal, you can amend it with compost or manure.

Planting Sweet Corn

Sweet corn can be planted from seed or from seedlings. If you are planting from seed, start them indoors about 2 weeks before the last frost date. If you are planting seedlings, wait until the soil has warmed up to at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

When planting sweet corn, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball. Add a few inches of compost or manure to the bottom of the hole, then place the plant in the hole and backfill with soil. Water the plant thoroughly.

Watering Sweet Corn

Sweet corn needs regular watering, especially during the hot summer months. Water the plants deeply and infrequently, so that the water has a chance to soak into the soil.


Sweet corn needs regular fertilization to produce a good crop. You can use a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, or a fertilizer specifically designed for sweet corn. Apply fertilizer every 2-3 weeks, starting when the plants are about 6 inches tall.

Pests and diseases

Sweet corn can be susceptible to a variety of pests and diseases. Some common pests include corn earworms, borers, and stinkbugs. Some common diseases include northern corn leaf blight, southern corn leaf blight, and gray leaf spot.

If you see any signs of pests or diseases, it is important to treat them immediately. There are a variety of organic and synthetic pesticides and fungicides available.

How To Harvest Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is ready to harvest when the kernels are plump and milky. To harvest, simply cut the ears of corn off the stalk. You can eat sweet corn fresh, cooked, or frozen.

How Hard Is Growing Sweet Corn?

Growing sweet corn is a rewarding experience. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy fresh, homegrown sweet corn all summer long. There are many different varieties of sweet corn. Ace’s favorite is Peaches and Cream Sweet Corn because it’s easy to grow and tastes great.

Additional tips on How To Grow Sweet Corn

  • Plant sweet corn in blocks of at least 4 rows to ensure proper pollination.
  • Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Stake or trellis the plants to support their weight.
  • Remove tassels from the base of the plants to encourage fruit production.
  • Harvest sweet corn regularly to prevent it from becoming overripe.

Troubleshooting Sweet Corn

  • If your sweet corn is not sweet, it may be because it was not harvested when the kernels were plump and milky. Harvest sweet corn as soon as the kernels are plump and milky.
  • If your sweet corn is not filling out, it may be because it is not getting enough water. Water the plants more regularly.
  • If your sweet corn is getting diseases, it may be because the plants are not getting enough airflow. Improve air circulation around the plants.

If growing food isn’t for you, consider growing flowers instead. They smell great and make every room in the house look better. For tips, check out this guide on How to Care for Shasta Daisies.

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