Sweet Corn Roanoke VA

Nothing says summer in Roanoke like freshly harvested, lightly steamed ears of sweet corn. Sweet corn varieties include yellow, white, and bi-colored types. Because corn is wind-pollinated, it should be planted in blocks of at least four rows rather than in long single rows.

One Earth Landscape Management Company, Inc.
(540) 521-8441
2367 Howard Road
Roanoke, VA

Data Provided by:
Townside Gardens
(540) 344-7025
3614 Franklin Rd SW
Roanoke, VA
Products / Services
Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees

Data Provided by:
Indoor Farms Greenhouses
(276) 944-3665
36396 Kelly Chapel Rd
Glade Spring, VA

Data Provided by:
Meadows Farms - Stafford
(540) 659-0606
597 Garrisonville Rd
Stafford, VA
Products / Services
Annuals, Bulbs, Chemicals, Crop Protection, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Mulch, Perennials, Pest Control Supplies, Plants, Roses, Seeds, Shrubs, Trees, Turfgrass / Sod

Data Provided by:
Aqua Garden Supplies
(276) 889-1226
2503 Long Hollow Rd
Cleveland, VA

Data Provided by:
Obenchain's Garden Center
(540) 342-3089
3634 Shendandoah Ave.
Roanoke, VA

Data Provided by:
The Secret Garden
(540) 864-6557
7668 Craig Valley Drive Route 311
New Castle, VA
Products / Services
Annuals, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Landscape Architects, Landscaping Services, Plants

Data Provided by:
Campbell & Ferrara Nurseries
(703) 354-6724
6651 Little River Turnpike
Alexandria, VA
Products / Services
Annuals, Aquatics, Bulbs, Business Services, Chemicals, Conifers / Evergreens, Crop Protection, Fencing / Gates, Furniture / Structures, Garden Center Marketing, Garden Centers / Nurseries, Garden Ornaments, Gardening Supplies, Grills, Groundcovers, Horticulture Companies, Industry Supplies & Services, Irrigation Supplies, Landscape Architects, Landscape Contractors, Landscape Design, Landscape Supplies, Landscaping Services, Lighting Services, Mulch, Mulch Installation, Nursery Supplies, Out…

Data Provided by:
Heather Hill Gardens
(703) 690-6060
8111 Ox Rd
Fairfax Station, VA
Products / Services
Annuals, Garden Centers / Nurseries

Data Provided by:
Home & Garden Center
(804) 565-3687
5406 Airport Rd
Williamsburg, VA
Products / Services
Flower Seed, Seed, Wildflower Seed

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Sweet Corn

Nothing says summer like freshly harvested, lightly steamed ears of sweet corn.

About This Plant

Sweet corn varieties include yellow, white, and bi-colored types. Because corn is wind-pollinated, it should be planted in blocks of at least four rows rather than in long single rows. By planting early, mid, and late-season varieties you can extend the harvest over several weeks. Plant corn on the north side of the garden to prevent it from shading nearby crops.

Site Selection

Select a site with full sun and well-drained soil. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost and/or aged manure.

Planting Instructions

Plant corn directly outdoors after all danger of frost has passed and the soil temperature is about 60 degrees F. Corn requires a good deal of nitrogen for optimum growth, so work plenty of aged manure into the soil the previous fall and plan to fertilize with additional nitrogen during the growing season if necessary. Plant corn seeds in blocks of at least four rows with 2 to 4 feet between rows, sowing the seeds 1-1/2 to 2 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart.

Care

Thin the corn to stand 12 to 16 inches apart when the plants are 4 to 5 inches tall. Provide at least 1 inch of water a week. Control weeds with frequent shallow cultivation until the plants are knee high. Then apply a 3- to 5-inch layer of mulch. Watch for signs of nitrogen deficiency (yellowing leaves) and respond with quick side-dressings of a nitrogen-rich fertilizer such as fish emulsion. Contact your local County Extension office for controls of common corn pests such as corn earworms and European corn borers.

Harvesting

Sweet corn should be harvested when its ears are completely filled out and a pierced kernel shows a milky white liquid. Sweet corn varieties (except for supersweet varieties) lose their sweetness soon after harvest. Immediately after picking prepare the ears for eating or preserving.

Click here to read more from Garden.org