The Q&A Archives: Planting Corn

Question: Is it too late to start growing corn? I am an inexperienced gardener but would like to give your new Ruby variety a try. The climate stays hot well into late September in this part of CA and we have had a temperate spring thus far.

Answer: The soil is warm enough for corn seed to germinate, so by all means, plant your corn now. Grow your corn in a sunny garden site, in soil well-amended with organic matter. It's best to sow seeds in blocks rather than rows, to ensure complete pollination. Plant three seeds together in a small hill of soil, one inch deep and 7-15 inches apart. Thin the plants by clipping the extra down to ground level. When you've finished thinning, the plants should be spaced 15" apart. Corn doesn't compete well with weeds so mulch the soil around the plants to prevent weeds from growing. Corn needs about one inch of water per week. When the stalks are 6" tall, fertilize with diluted fish emulsion. Enjoy your corn patch and summertime harvest!

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