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nh6321
May 30, 2017 12:23 PM CST
I planted 2 corn kernels per hole just in case only one spouted. Turns out I got lucky and in each hole both of the kernels spouted. Should I thin them out to just one corn sprout per hole?

Thanks so much
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plantmanager
May 30, 2017 12:28 PM CST
Yes. The easiest way is to take a scissors and just clip one down to the soil. If you're super careful you could manage to separate them and re-plant the extra one, but I've had a 50% chance of that working.
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Philipwonel
May 30, 2017 12:41 PM CST
I'd leave them be !!!
If you try to transplant, your going to shock the heck out of one left behind, and one you transplant, will never catch up or die.
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plantmanager
May 30, 2017 12:43 PM CST
Philip, If you leave the two plants to compete, neither one will do as well as if you snip one out. I've done that out of pure laziness, and they fight for the water and food.
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RpR
May 30, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Even though I do not always do so, if you plant two, they should three to four inches apart horizontally, not in line with the row.
I sometimes thin, and I sometimes do not.
Unless you have very small patch I would let it to just to see how they do.
Next year plant two plots one with two seed and one with single seeds. Then you will know if there is a difference.

At the same time when they are planted in clusters, as Indians in dry climates sometimes do, they are planted close together in a circle so all get watered from dew running down the leaves.
Where you are located and the quality of your soil makes a big difference.
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Name: stone
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stone
May 30, 2017 4:08 PM CST
Two in a hole helps promote pollination.
I usually plant 4 in a hill.
The difference between how I plant and you people with a single seed... may be spacing... My corn plantings are maybe 2 foot apart... Maybe farther...

Name: greene
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greene
May 30, 2017 4:14 PM CST
I come from the "clip off one and leave the other" camp. Next year you can plant in hills to assist pollination.
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Name: stone
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stone
May 30, 2017 4:32 PM CST
greene said:Next year you can plant in hills to assist pollination.

Why wait?

I'm hoping that nh6321 comes back and tells us how much corn he planted...

and...

whether he planted a block, or just a single row...

That's going to matter in the cut vs leave debate.

My corn isn't really in hills...
'hill' is just a common term used when several seeds are planted in a group as opposed to a row planting.

My corn is actually started in nursery pots, and set out in the garden after it's got a good start.


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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 30, 2017 5:03 PM CST
@nh6321.
Would be nice to know your name !
Anyways !!!
You see !
There are lots of ways, to plant corn. We need to know how you planted yours ?
Hopfully in a block.
Get back !!!
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RpR
May 30, 2017 6:51 PM CST
https://www.pioneer.com/home/s...
On this page there a picture graph of plant spacing with results.
Now I some times use a ruler to space, exactly and some times I seed like a drunken Irishman.

I can say from experience the exact spacing gives better results always, period.
Odd ball rough spacing, especially if get some very close to each other, reduces plant emerging at the same time and same size.
That web site is professional science for large fields but the results they mention do happen for spacing and time of year even in a gardens.

If you were to plant two plot, each a small four by four or three by three and do one with perfect spacing , timing etc. and do the other haphazardly
you would see quickly the the one planted with care will out do the ragamuffin.
Now type of corn seed planted makes BIG difference also.

For standard sweet corn spacing of four, or six, depending on size of stalks, inches works very well.
I have planted some more exotic corn with spacing of twelve to sixteen inches between seeds, and it is best not to go below ten inches.
With corn that grows ten feet or more tall large spacing is a good idea.



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nh6321
May 30, 2017 7:28 PM CST
Hey all!!!

Wow thanks for all the responses. Names Nick by the way! This is my first year doing a garden and I'm doing the three sisters method. Today I went in and pulled out/snipped all the extra spouts near each other. Let's hope it works!

Thanks so much
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DaisyI
May 30, 2017 7:48 PM CST
Hi Nick,

Snipping out the extras was a good plan as you need to have room for the other 2 sisters.

What it comes down to is shared resources. Everything you plant needs to share space, nutrients and water with all the rest of the neighbors in that plot.

Keep us posted. I would love to know how this turns out.

I don't plant corn as I live in the desert with limited space (and the farmer's market is really close) but the beans and squash have to share a space. Last year, I planted Okra with the cucumbers. But nothing in my garden that needed a lot of moisture and nutrients worked out well for me. Too much sand. I added 25 bags of compost, garden soil and manure this year and things look a lot better (so far).

PS: You still haven't told us what in general area you live. We tend to give answers based on where we live if we don't know any better. That's why the answers run the gamit of possible answers.

I live on a nutrient poor, non moisture-retentive pile of sand in the high desert. Greene lives someplace that (I visualize) is wet, hot and humid. Our answers will be WAY different for the same question.
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RpR
May 30, 2017 7:50 PM CST
How many plants per hill did you seed and what spacing did you use?
Where are you located?

nh6321
May 30, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Whoops sorry I'm in Connecticut. I planted 4 corn per hill
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plantmanager
May 30, 2017 8:08 PM CST
In each hill, did all 4 go in one hole, or did you space them out within the hill? If so, what was the spacing?
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nh6321
May 30, 2017 9:08 PM CST
Spaced them out along the hill at the four corners ~ 8-12 inches apart

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