spacing for baby corn?

Ellen1959February 5, 2014

I have some baby corn Bonus seed from Cooks Garden. The packet recommends row spacing of 12 inches, with 3 to 4 feet between rows, but on the website it suggests spacing of one inch between seeds for highest yield with frequent harvesting when plants reach 18 inches.

So how many should I plant per square? I thought I'd try two different spacings and see which does better, but am not sure where to begin.

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LoneCowboy(8)

4 seeds per square foot is what my SQG database from growveg.com says. I grew corn this way last year with good results. I WOULD grow more in each space to help with pollination. How many square feet are you going to dedicate to corn?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:24PM
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missingtheobvious(Blue Ridge 7a)

The 3-4' space between rows is for those with mechanical cultivation.

See this thread for many different opinions on spacing:
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cornucop/msg0320211426277.html?39

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 10:31AM
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Ellen1959

thanks. I've grown conventional corn 1 per square foot and a similar variety at 8 inches on center.

I had no idea I could do four per square. This stuff is the tiny stir fry type baby cobs, so if normal corn is 4 per square, perhaps I'll try some at four and a few at 9 per square just to see how it does.

How much I put in depends on how many beds I get built by the end of May. For the baby stuff I was thinking of as few as four squares, perhaps as many as 8. I don't need a lot of this type of corn and they produce 3 to 5 ears per stalk.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 5:03PM
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LoneCowboy(8)

From what I understand, "baby corn" is just immature sweet corn, therefore you will need the same amount of space to support the 6' stalks. :)

You will also want more than 4 squares if you can give up the space. If you do not have enough corn stalks, the odds of full pollination are slim... and you'll wind up with only a few sad kernels in each ear... If you decide to only dedicate 4 squares, go 5 plants per square foot in the shape of a star (12 o clock, 3, 5, 7, 9)

Photos please!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 5:27PM
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