How to Grow Sweet Corn in Kitchen
Often you might have tried your tastebuds while sipping a bowl full of sweet corn soup or having a cup of boiled sweet corn. But have you ever thought of saving some penny and tried to grow a sweet corn plant in your kitchen garden? Unlike the field corn, this kind of corn can absolutely become the newest member of your indoor plants variety. But before you know all about sweet corn cultivation, let’s just discuss his species of maize in detail.
Sweet Corns are one of its kind of vegetables which comes in different varieties from yellow, white, and bi-coloured types. Its seeds are soft, delicious and are used to prepare some popular cuisine dishes. Native to Central America and further introduced by the Spanish explorers to the rest of the world, sweetcorn grows well with wind pollination.
As each plant is known to produce one or two cobs, so whether you are growing corn in the garden or growing corn at home, it would require sufficient spacing to shed their pollen from male to female tassels. Other than the proper spacing, a growing corn plant requires warm and dry climates to grow to its fullest capacity. Throughout the corn growing season, a sweet corn plant requires plenty of water to support its growth.
Below are a few tips for growing corn in your kitchen garden. Have a look!
A growing sweet corn plant prefers free-draining, moisture-retentive soil. It is advised to prepare the bedding before the previous autumn before planting a growing corn seed. If you are unable to prepare the bedding by the previous autumn, you can even do it in the springs. Add well-rotted manure or organic fertiliser and remove weeds and large stones and pebbles with a spade while preparing the soil. Level the soil roughly.
If you forgot the previous step, then you can form your own sweet corn plantation in the late spring and early summer. Use a dibber to make holes of 2.5 cms and 2 sow sweet corn seeds having a space of 35cm with 60cm between them. Cover and water the soil. Remove the weakling, among the two when they are about 2 cms tall. In cooler climates, the emerging seedlings are advised to be protected with fleece and held down with stones.
Meanwhile Care Tips
Once you have sown the sweet corn seeds, water the saplings well and keep the soil weed-free. To take care of that you don’t sever the surface growing roots of the sweetcorn, use a Dutch hoe. To give plant more stability, pile up the soil around the stems with a draw hoe.
When the silky tassels at the end of the cobs turn brown, the corn is said to be ready for harvesting. Carefully take off the peel of the cob and pinching a kernel. Cobs are ready to be picked when the juice is milky. To check whether cobs are ready to be picked, simply twist the cob away from the plant.
Happy Sweet Corn Harvesting You All!