Growing Tips

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn needs shelter, warmth and all the sunshine possible. In a typically wet year the crop can be reduced by up to 50% on poorly drained soil. Firstly dig in well rotted manure or compost, rake in a dressing of fertiliser 3oz/sq yard 10 days before sowing or planting. Sow under glass during mid-April for planting outside in late May. Sow two seeds to a pot - remove weakest after germination. Plant out 15" apart, 24" between rows. To provide shelter, plant behind a row of runner beans. Plant in blocks, 3 rows wide at least to ensure the pollen from the male flowers (situated at the top of the plant) is carried by the wind to all female flowers (situated between stem and leaves). This ensures the cobs fill evenly. Tapping the male flowers lightly when in full bloom in June/July helps spread the pollen. Water heavily in dry weather. A mulch of compost placed around the base of the plant will be beneficial

 

 

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