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How to grow Sweetcorn

Planting Months

April - May

Harvest Months

July - September

The plants required for a family of four is about 10 – 20 plants. They generally all come at the same time and will need to be eaten fairly quickly. You get around 3 – 4 ears per plant. They will be ready in the same 3 – 4 weeks so you will have a lot of sweetcorn in that time frame.

It is best to plant them inside in a propagator, seed tray or in a greenhouse. It is a good idea to plant multiple seeds at once in the same spot and weed out the weakest ones and leave the strongest to grow. Some of your seeds may not germinate but this is natural and the reason we plant multiple seeds. They can take up to 2 weeks to appear out of the soil. Keep them in a sunny windowsill until they are around 5 inches.

They can be planted outside in late May time.

Growing tips

Plant the small plants in a square or rectangle where each plant is 18 inches apart. This is because they pollinate by the wind. They are best planted outdoors. Plant them in a sunny position with protection from the wind.

Add manure to the soil a few months before planting to give nutrients to the plants. They can also be fed with general fertilizers during the growth time.

Once the plants get big it may be a good idea to stake them to give support if they are in an exposed position. You can also bring more soil around the base of the plant to give it a bit more support.

Remember to keep them watered during the summer. They are resistant to droughts and long periods of time without water because they are hot climate plants. However, it is best to water every 2 weeks or so at this time to make the ears taste better.

They can get eaten by squirrels, badgers, and birds. Traditionally scarecrows have been used to ward off birds. There is little you can do against squirrels and badgers.

They are ready when the tassels have turned brown. They are best kept inside the fridge and eaten within 2 – 3 days of picking. This is because at room temperature they lose around 50% of their sugars, so for the best taste, they should be refrigerated.

How to grow Sweetcorn

Planting Months

April - May

Harvest Months

July - September

The plants required for a family of four is about 10 – 20 plants. They generally all come at the same time and will need to be eaten fairly quickly. You get around 3 – 4 ears per plant. They will be ready in the same 3 – 4 weeks so you will have a lot of sweetcorn in that time frame.

It is best to plant them inside in a propagator, seed tray or in a greenhouse. It is a good idea to plant multiple seeds at once in the same spot and weed out the weakest ones and leave the strongest to grow. Some of your seeds may not germinate but this is natural and the reason we plant multiple seeds. They can take up to 2 weeks to appear out of the soil. Keep them in a sunny windowsill until they are around 5 inches.

They can be planted outside in late May time.

Growing tips

Plant the small plants in a square or rectangle where each plant is 18 inches apart. This is because they pollinate by the wind. They are best planted outdoors. Plant them in a sunny position with protection from the wind.

Add manure to the soil a few months before planting to give nutrients to the plants. They can also be fed with general fertilizers during the growth time.

Once the plants get big it may be a good idea to stake them to give support if they are in an exposed position. You can also bring more soil around the base of the plant to give it a bit more support.

Remember to keep them watered during the summer. They are resistant to droughts and long periods of time without water because they are hot climate plants. However, it is best to water every 2 weeks or so at this time to make the ears taste better.

They can get eaten by squirrels, badgers, and birds. Traditionally scarecrows have been used to ward off birds. There is little you can do against squirrels and badgers.

They are ready when the tassels have turned brown. They are best kept inside the fridge and eaten within 2 – 3 days of picking. This is because at room temperature they lose around 50% of their sugars, so for the best taste, they should be refrigerated.