Sweet Corn F1 Hybrid - Seeds
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Sweetcorn is wind pollinated and best planted in large blocks, where the male flowers at the top of the plant have more opportunity to shed their pollen on the female tassels (where the cobs will form) below. Each plant will produce one or two cobs, so work out how many cobs you're likely to need (you can freeze them) and provide enough space to achieve this.
Sweet corn varieties include yellow, white, and bi-colored types. Because corn is wind-pollinated, it should be planted in blocks of at least four rows rather than in long single rows. By planting early, mid, and late-season varieties you can extend the harvest over several weeks. Plant corn on the north side of the garden to prevent it from shading nearby crops.
- Sweetcorn likes free-draining, moisture retentive soil. If you can, prepare the bed the previous autumn before planting, adding plenty of well-rotted manure to the soil.
- Don't worry if you never had time, beds can still be made in the spring. First remove weeds and dig over the site with a spade, removing any particularly large stones.
- Level roughly and then work over the area with a rake to leave a fine finish.
- Alternatively, if you forgot to grow plants earlier, you can still grow corn by planting seeds directly into the soil in late spring and early summer.
- Use a dibber to make 2.5cm holes and sow two seeds every 35cm with 60cm between rows. Cover and water.
- Remove the weakest of each pair of seedlings when they're about 2cm tall.
- In cooler climates it's worth protecting the emerging seedlings with fleece, held down with stones.
- Keep plants well watered and the soil weed free.
- Use a Dutch hoe to slice off annual weeds, taking care not to sever the surface growing roots of the sweetcorn.
- To protect these and to give plants more stability, pile soil up around the stems with a draw hoe.
- Corn is ready when the silky tassels at the end of the cobs turn brown, but check by carefully peeling back the leaves and pinching a kernel.
- If the juice is milky, cobs are ready to pick. To do this, simply twist the cob away from the plant.
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