The Process of Growing Corn From Seeds

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Corn is a common crop in the United States, and grows on large swathes of land throughout the Midwest. This crop always starts from seed and requires a long growing season, sunshine, nutrition and moisture.

Season

  • Corn requires a large growing area, as each stalk requires wind pollination, and grows only one to two ears. Planting corn in at least four rows results in better pollination and harvest.

Location

  • Corn requires deep, crumbly soil that provides nutrition and holds moisture. Gardeners should till their soil to a depth of 6 inches to break up dirt clods and loosen the soil before planting. Corn does best with organic compost and 12-12-12 fertilizer at the start.

Soil

  • Plant at least four rows of corn with 2 to 3 feet between each row. They should plant seeds at every 8 to 12 inches.

Planting

  • Plant at least four rows of corn with 2 to 3 feet between each row. They should plant seeds at every 8 to 12 inches.

Water

  • Corn needs a high moisture content in its soil, and should never go completely dry. Gardeners should maintain good moisture with at least 2 inches of water every week during the growing season.

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