HOW TO GROW SWEETCORN FROM SEEDS
Sweetcorn does not tolerate frost and prefers a warm climate. Once the ground has warmed up, it is safest to plant the seeds in pots in a greenhouse, hoop house, or cold frame. That way, you can begin sowing three to four weeks before your last frost date and enjoy a head start on outdoor-sown corn. Sow eight to ten seeds 1cm deep into 10cm wide pots. Seed-starting potting mixes or general-purpose potting mixes will work fine. Alternatively, sow into smaller pots or plug trays, sowing two seeds to each pot or module and removing the weaker seedling.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION OF SWEETCORN
After you have removed your young plants from their pots, carefully tease their roots apart. Make sure you retain as much soil as possible around the roots. Now plant your sweet corn 45cm apart in both directions. For each plant, dig a hole, place the seeds in the hole, and then firm the soil back down. Sweet corn hates the cold. Keep pots moist as they grow on. Using your hands, remove any weeds that grow within your sweetcorn and continue the wedding while you can still reach between the plants. Sweetcorn is sturdy and shouldn’t need support. As the silks appear and the cobs begin to form in late summer, they will benefit from watering in arid weather.
SWEETCORN USES AND HEALTH BENEFITS
In addition to its versatility, sweetcorn has been a staple food for centuries. It is a tasty addition to soups, salads, and pizza toppings. Cornmeal, polenta, cornmeal, and syrup can all be made with it directly off the cob. Vitamin C, abundant in corn, protects your cells from damage and helps prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Corn is a good source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are essential for maintaining good eye health and preventing cataracts.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
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