Prized for their sugary sweet flavor and disease immunity, white corn (Zea mays) cultivars like “Silver Queen” and “How Sweet It Is” feature prominently in many warm-season gardens. The plants need small hands-on upkeep aside from regular watering and feeding. However, the seeds must be implanted properly to perform their best. Timing and soil composition would be both most important aspects of putting white corn since both will affect the plants’ growth and vigor. Proper spacing also plays a vital role since it creates the perfect conditions for pollination, which will ascertain the number and quality of the ears.
Get a bed for your white corn two weeks after the last frost, or once the ground warms to a minimum of 65 F. Pick a sunny planting site with fast-draining, slightly acidic soil. Remove all weeds and debris from the ground.
Spread a 4-inch-thick layer of organic compost over the planting site. Work it into the dirt to a 12-inch thickness using a rotary tiller. Make several passes above the bed until the compost is completely integrate and dirt is loose and aerated.
Water the bed into your 5-inch thickness after amending the dirt. Use a garden hose or a sprinkler system for larger areas. Allow the water soak in overnight to settle on the soil and remove any air bubbles.
Mark out putting rows using the suggestion of a pointed hoe to use as a guideline for planting. Produce at least four putting rows for every variety of white corn that you want to develop. Make the rows provided that you would like and distance them 36 inches apart. Planting corn in a block like this leads to better pollination.
Poke a series of 1-inch-deep putting holes along the guideline. Space the holes 6 inches apart. Put one white corn seed in each planting hole and cover it with dirt. Water the seeds into your 4-inch thickness after planting.
Maintain constant moisture in the dirt while the white corn seeds germinate. Water when the soil feels mostly dry in the very best 1/2 inch. Avoid over watering, nevertheless, because white corn seeds cling rapidly to rot and fungi.
Watch for germination in four to seven days, but do not be surprised if it takes around 2 weeks if you’re developing certain sweet hybrid varieties. Slim the white corn pudding to one every 12 inches after germination.
Plant a second block of white corn about a month after the very first to ensure an abundant yield throughout the growing season. Wait 1 month before planting the second block so that the plants will bloom at various times and prevent cross-pollination.