Tip #1 – Choose the right type
There are several different types of corn to choose from when it comes to planting in your yard. You’ll want to be sure that you select the exact type of corn you want and be sure not to mix different breeds in your yard. Super sweet corn, which is bred to maintain its sweetness for weeks, can be ruined if it is placed around other types of corn – just one of the many types that suffer from this.
Be sure to grow each type of corn at least 25 feet away from the others on your property. Find a list of organic, heirloom vendors here.
Tip #2 – Plan and create ideal conditions
Look at how large-scale farmers plant their corn. The same rules apply to planting corn on your property, only scaled down.
Be sure to expose your crop to as much sun as possible – the more the better. Also, ensure that you’ve got good garden soil with lots of compost and good moisture.
Tip #3 – Pollination
The corn kernels each have a corresponding thread of silk, which can be seen as the ‘female’ reproductive organ. If this silk is not properly pollinated, the kernel will not develop. Improperly pollinated ears of corn will have small, spread out kernels. This leads us to our next tips…
Tip #4 – Plant your corn in blocks
Corn plants are pollinated in wind – placing plants of the same type near to one another is a good way to help the pollination process along. This allows pollen to come at each plant from all directions.
So what should you avoid? Don’t plant a single long row of corn – bad idea. A large square formation is a better idea.
Tip #5 – Pollinate by hand
If you’re only planting a small amount of corn on your property, you probably won’t get very good natural pollination. So help the plants out by using your hands to pollinate the corn.
Collect the corn anthers (the part at the top) in a paper bag and sprinkle them on the corn silks in your crop.
Be sure to shake each stalk so pollen can fall down from the anthers and onto the silks.
Tip #6 – Protect your corn
Humans aren’t the only ones who love corn – there are plenty of animals who would love to steal your corn from you. Consider placing a fence around your corn patch to deter large pests.
Animals like raccoons can ruin your corn crop by feasting on it.
Enjoy your corn! Hopefully these tips will be useful to you in growing your patch.