Vegetables and Fruit forum: Blocks of sweet corn, minimum number plants?

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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Apr 6, 2017 6:51 PM CST
First try on sweet corn.
Looking at block planting, sites call for plants a foot apart, double rows a foot apart for example. We're also thinking we do 2 (3?) separate plantings for spaced harvest.
I'm wondering, if we do two double rows with 2 foot space between that is four rows, and we can fit five plants per row. 20 plants in about five by five Is this enough plants in a block? Should we go bigger, space differently? another said 8 - 10 inches between plants but I think wanted rows farther.

If season means we can only do two plantings (all the same kind) then we'll have two of above blocks at a time. 40 plants, and about 5 by 10, I'm feeling pretty good that is enough.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Apr 7, 2017 4:31 AM CST
I grow my corn per sq ft, and heavily fertilized with organic nitrogen (like 10-2-2 and I mix my own). I rub mature tassels on the silks from different plants. I don't know if that helps, but why not? Its easy enough.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 7, 2017 11:53 AM CST
For polinizaton. 12 inch rows is best. 5 x5 foot block will work.
A square. Not a triangle.
You'll be able to cultivate from either end.
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Apr 7, 2017 10:32 PM CST
Try two, or three, different block plantings and see which works best.
Name: Durgan
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Durgan
Apr 12, 2017 9:20 AM CST
6 June 2016 Vegetable Garden →
5 June 2016 Indian Corn
Posted on June 5, 2016 by Durgan

http://durgan.org/2016/July%20... 29 July 2016 Indian Corn
The patch of Indian corn is thriving. No bird or squirrel damage. Some stalks are ten feet in height.

http://durgan.org/2016/June%20... 14 June 2016 Indian Corn
The Indian corn is up about three inches. All grew. No bird damage so far.

http://durgan.org/2016/June%20... 5 June 2016 Indian Corn
Five rows of Indian corn, colored, was planted. This will give about sixty plants, which I use for making nixtamalized cereal. The seeds were placed in water in a warm place for about 30 hours to sprout prior to planting. Spacing was 8 inches and depth about 1.5 inches. The boards will be placed over the small shoots for a few days to discourage birds.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada
http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
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sallyg
Apr 12, 2017 3:42 PM CST
good data, thanks
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