Corn Germination Information

Corn Seed Germination How to Sow Corn:

  • Best sown outdoors in situ after all danger of frost is past in the spring
  • Sow in a warm soil
  • Seeds can also be sown indoors, 2 weeks before last frost, at a temperature of 70-75°
  • For a continuous crop of sweet corn, sow every 2 weeks until early spring
  • Indoors and out, sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seed and expect germination in 7-10 days

How to Grow Corn:
Transplanting: Thin seedlings to 3-12 inches apart or transplant to same distance when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space rows 24-36 inches apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in full sun in an acidic to alkaline, fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Keep well fertilized

Appearance and Use:

Plants grow to 15 feet tall by 3 feet wide with long, strap-shaped green leaves. It is grown for the sweet corn that is eaten fresh (it also cans and freezes well) and for the dried kernels that become Pop Corn. Harvest sweet corn when the silks have dried; harvest pop corn when the stalks have dried. Sweet corn cobs are also used as animal silage and the stalks as fodder


About Corn:
Botanical name: Zea mays
Pronunciation:  ze’å maz
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Poaceae; native to tropical America