Corn Planting - Knowledgebase Question

South Plainfield, NJ
Question by cpayne
April 8, 1999
What is the closest successful planting of a sweet corn you know of. I have a friend who plants
corn 2 stalks per 1 foot spacing and gets 2 stalks and 4 ears. Do you reccommend this as a
way in increasing yield in small home gardens..............

Answer from NGA
April 8, 1999


Two ears per stalk is about as good a yield as you are going to get no matter what you do, and that will depend on the variety you are growing, your soil, fertility and moisture levels and so on as well as on spacing. The normal wider spacing recommendations are made to allow for machinery to fit between the rows to cultivate and/or harvest. Remember, though, that you will need to be able to get in to check on the plants and possibly weed.

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