How to Make Corn Seeds


Making corn seeds involves properly drying and processing fresh ears of corn. Leaving the ears on the plant for up to six weeks after they ripen allows them to dry outside as much as possible. Home gardeners can then remove the kernels, or corn seeds, and store them for up to two years in a cool spot. This allows gardeners to preserve heirloom varieties over the years or simply plant corn without purchasing new seed each season.

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  • Bowl
  • Wait for the ears of corn to become ripe and ready for picking and eating. Once the ears reach this stage, monitor them until the husks turn brown. This may take up to six weeks.

  • Pick the ears of corn with the brown husks. Pull the husks back to expose the corn kernels. Leave the ears in a dry, cool spot like a cold cellar or basement, until the kernels are completely dry to the touch.

  • Hold the ears over a bowl. Twist the kernels of corn off the ear and into the container. The seeds are now ready for planting next season.

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