The Q&A Archives: Starting Sweet Corn Indoors

Question: Is it possible to start sweetcorn indoors and transplant it outside when the danger of frost is no longer evident? I often start tomato and pepper plants indoors and have great success.

Answer: Possible, yes...advisable, not really. Sweet corn doesn't like being transplanted. You won't gain much by planting indoors and can even lose the crop to transplant shock.

You could however, presprout the seeds indoors by soaking them in water and then placing them in a warm moist chamber for a few days. When they first start to sprout, carefully plant them outdoors in the soil.

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