Turn the soil first no matter you plant what kinds of vegetables. I often use clay soil or field soil.
Corns don’t care much about the kinds of soil, so it is very easy to plant corns. It will take about 3 to 4 days to turn the soil before planting, until the soil is loose enough. However, spending less time on turning the soil is also OK, because corns are very easy to grow. But please note that if you use clay soil whose water retention is good, it will take more time for the deeper soil to become dry.
Now, I am going to share my planting experience to you.
Personally speaking, I will turn the soil as some rows of earth mound, 30cm wide and unlimited length,
It depends on how long the planting area of the corns you want, and then you can sow corn seeds with a distance of 20 to 30cm from each other (It depends on what kinds of corn you are planting, different kinds of corn will need different distance). Put the pointed side of the corn seeds down, and plant the seeds in the soil, 2 to 3cm deep from the surface of the soil. Cover the seeds with soil, and then water them until the soil get wet.
About 30 days after planting (different climates may need different days), or when the corns are about 50-60 cm high, you can mix the field soil with little organic fertilizer and cover them around the corn’s roots, so that the corns have fixed nutrients to thrive.
3 weeks later, the corns begin to grow corn ears (male flower). Repeat the last step. The roots of corns need to cover enough nutrients for bearing fruit at that time. You can fertilize particles fertilizer or compound fertilizer in the right and left side of the corn’s roots. If you want the corns taste better, you can use organic fertilizer. If you want to save costs, you can use chemical fertilizer which is clean and take effect fast.
At this time, the upper male flowers (the corn ears on the top) already have a lot of pollen.
During artificial pollination, put some topmost male flowers to the place with lots of tassels (as above picture) to proceed artificial pollination. Actually, it doesn’t need too many male flowers, 5 or 6 pieces is quite enough. About 2 to 3 weeks later, the corns can be harvested.
I am going to explain several reasons why the corns need artificial pollination
Because we can’t control the climate, sometimes it will blow, and sometimes it will rain. However sometimes the male flowers are blocked by the leaves and lead to insufficient pollination. The consequence of insufficient pollination will be bad harvest of corns in the future. If your corns have hand-pollinated, I am sure that they will be much bigger than the ones sold outside.
Just like the corns planted in agricultural improvement station, big, nice and delicious as shown in the picture above.
The picture for your reference, when the tassels become back, the corns can be harvested.
Actually, the corns don’t need too much water. At the time of seedlings, too much water will cause the seedlings yellow and wither, which also lead to slow growth. Wait till the seedlings become corn trees, enough water is perfect. The grandpas and grandmas living in the countryside don’t often water the corns, unless the sun is too hot, they will give the corns more water, but not be flooded.
PS: One more suggestion, if you want to harvest the corns, try to harvest them in the morning.
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The corns harvested at that time will be much sweeter.
The above all is my personal experience. If you have any questions about that, please don’t hesitate to ask me.