How to Grow Corn

Learning how to grow corn will help you to either enter into business growing corn or grow corn for your own needs.

Corn can be used to make corn flour, corn based food additives, corn porridge, tortillas and many other products and dishes.

By learning how to grow corn well in any environment, you can increase your crop. Corn grows well in most countries. The plant is grown by farmers in Europe, Mexico and California. A corn crop can be ready in less than three months.

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Growing corn is relatively easy. Corn likes a lot of sun, as do crops such as peppers and tomatoes. Select an area in your garden that gets a lot of sun for growing corn.

When you are growing corn, ensure that you keep the soil moist. Corn likes a lot of water; however the soil should not be waterlogged.

Plant the corn grains about 7 inches apart. If you plant them too close together the plants will compete for space and sun. I recommend this eco-friendly gardening tutorial.

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Corn has several pests. The corn borer and the earworm are two of the more common corn pests. The corn borer also eats other grain crops.

The corn borer larva damages corn plants by boring tunnels in the stalks. This causes the plants to topple over. Look out for yellow-brown moths that are an inch long or brown larvae about ¾ of an inch long. Garden insect spray can be used to kill the larvae, as a last resort. Control weeds in your garden, to give the moths less places to lay their eggs. Ladybugs can be helpful in controlling the population of corn borer eggs, since one ladybug can eat around 60 eggs in a day.

When searching for earworm eggs, look out for eggs that are light green in color. It can be difficult to find the eggs. As they age, the eggs become grey. Eggs hatch in about three days. The earworm will also eat tomato fruit and cabbage. Mineral oil can be applied to the corn silk to help control this insect.

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  1. CletaB Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Very informative.


  2. Rosettaartist1 Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I wish I had more land.


  3. erwinkennythomas Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    beautiful post!


  4. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you.


  5. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    @Rose
    If you have a little space you can grow a few plants.


  6. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks Cleta.


  7. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Interesting, I always grew corn in my garden, It’s delicious just picked off the stalk, You must have more room for corn than most other vegetables.


  8. mphsglo Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    When we were children, my father had a garden with corn and a whole lots of other stuff. Fun times.


  9. megamatt09 Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Useful information on growing corn.


  10. buenavida Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks for the info, we canĀ“t grow corn in this northern place, so we either have to move or keep to something else.. :D


  11. Starpisces Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    though I don’t have opportunity to grow corn here, but find this information very interesting and useful, will share it with an oversea good friend.
    p/s : very colourful corn here. :)


  12. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    @Ruby
    True.


  13. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    They definitely are Star.


  14. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    @Buena
    ;-)


  15. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks Matt


  16. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    @Mph
    Good memories.


  17. LCM Linda Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I like eating corn. It will be wonderful if I can grow it as well.


  18. Likha Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Very useful. Corn is my daughter’s favorite.


  19. Elle64 Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Good info- we tried to grow corn. but the ground was to wet.


  20. ittech Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

    nice share


  21. Sunjhini Says...

    On October 18, 2011 at 5:50 am

    interesting share


  22. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks!


  23. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks Ittechil


  24. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    @Elle
    The plants don’t like too much water.


  25. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Good to know Likha. Corn is healthy and it can be enjoyed in so many ways.


  26. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    @LCM
    It’s best enjoyed fresh.


  27. Joe Ram Says...

    On October 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Nice job.


  28. gaby7 Says...

    On October 20, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Love the brightly colored corns! We dont seem to see them anymore in Uganda-but you have given very useful information in here Sharrifah! Thanks!


  29. reiny Says...

    On October 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I do not have a large field to plant corn, but I like corn


  30. Muhammad Fajar Marthias Says...

    On October 22, 2011 at 10:16 am

    i like corn, especially popcorn, great share


  31. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Thanks


  32. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Hi Reiny.


  33. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I like them too Gaby.


  34. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Thanks J.R.


  35. Michal Dorcak Says...

    On October 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Good article. It will surely be useful to me some day – if and when I get a piece of my own land :)


  36. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On October 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    It’s when :-)


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