Photo: Sweet Corn

General description

A variety of maize with a high sugar content, Corn absolutely thrives in the heat of summer.

Plant requirements

Corn loves a well prepared rich organic soil. Pile in the good stuff – a good barrow load of compost per square metre.

I always add blood & bone – toss a good handful around every square metre and to supplement that, a tight fistful of sulphate of potash. 

The best way to plant corn is from seed, but you need to make sure it’s fresh to get a good rate of plants coming up.

Always plant corn in blocks rather than single rows. The cobs are pollinated by wind, so block planting ensures you get a good even distribution of pollen.

Plant rows about 50 cm apart your seed about 25cm apart.


Corn seed can rot easily, so it’s important not to water them heavily until they’ve come up, which takes about a week or so.

Practical use

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100 - 200 cm
Full sun