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Plant corn in two or more rows for pollination to be successful. Plant kernels in hills of three, spaced about a foot a part with rows three feet apart. Plant kernels from one to 1 ½ inches deep or ¾ inch deep for super sweet types. After germination, preserve most robust plant in each hill, discarding any other seedlings that have sprouted.
Water rows well after planting, especially in case of super sweet kernels, which need to absorb more water to germinate. Keep plants well watered throughout growing season. Corn needs moisture in order to form tassels and silk and to develop healthy ears.
Cultivate frequently to control weeds, but shallowly so as not to damage stalks or roots.
Corn is ready to harvest when silk becomes dry at ends, ears feel full, and a thumbnail puncture produces a milky-white substance. The sap from under ripe corn will appear watery. Each stalk should produce one large ear of corn. Many varieties also develop a second, smaller ear. Generally, from time silk is visible to harvest is about 20 days.
Watch your crop closely after first silks appear. This is “milk stage” which lasts for only about a week. The best corn is always freshest corn! Grill it, steam it, roast it, microwave it --- enjoy it
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