The Q&A Archives: Growing Corn

Question: I'm growing sweet corn. The stocks are about 5' tall. How do I know when the corn is ready for picking?

Answer: Three weeks after corn silks appear, start checking ears for peak ripeness. Pull back part of the husk and piece a kernel with your thumbnail. If "milk" spurts out, they're ready to eat. If not, replace the husk, wait a few days, and test again. The flavor of corn is best when it's freshly picked and eaten. If you have a lot of corn ready at one time, pick and refrigerate to slow the maturation process so the corn will remain tender and tasty.

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