Latin Name – Zea mays var. saccharata
Sowing Instructions – Indoor – I like to start my corn seeds off by soaking them overnight, just cover with water in a small bowl. Drain the seeds in the morning and rinse off, cover them with a damp kitchen towel. Continue this until the seeds germinate, approximately 2-5 days. Plant each one once the small root has reached 2cm, handle carefully and plant in moist compost, try to use the fabric pots as sweetcorn seedlings do not like being handle to much, this way you can put the whole pot in the ground. Tranfer outside when the ground is warm enough.
Outdoor – Sow 2 seeds at one station 2.5cm deep in early summer at 40 cm intervals in a rectangular block (helps to aid pollination). Remove the weaker seedling. In cold weather and particularly in the north cover the seed with a cloche to keep them warm and germinate better. Water well.
Hints and Tips – Earth up stems in summer to give better anchorage. Keep well watered and top dress soil with organic matter periodically.
Seeds – Approx 12