Want to know how to get kids to eat their vegies? Feed them sweet corn – it’s the vegie that kids most love. Sweet corn is easy to grow but, if your kids are really keen, remember that each plant will only produce one or two cobs, so you’ll need plenty of plants to feed those hungry mouths!

How to grow corn in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot in the garden. Ensure it’s a good size, so you can grow a block of corn – this is better for pollination and corn production. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed. 
  2. As seeds can be finicky, sow two seeds into the one hole and space 30-40cm apart. Water in well.  
  3. Feed seedlings weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.
  4. As the seedlings grow, mulch around the base of the plant with organic mulch like pea or lucerne straw to retain moisture.


How to grow corn in a pot

  1. Choose pots 300mm wide and deep. Position in a sunny spot and protect from strong winds. 
  2. Fill pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix. Sow 2 seeds per pot, cover and water in well.  
  3. Feed seedlings weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Yates Varieties

Sweet Corn 'Honeysweet'

An early maturing variety of "Super Sweet" corn. Large, even cobs with very sweet golden kernels.

Sweet Corn 'Sun 'n' Snow'

Produces bi-coloured cobs with yellow and white kernels that combine superb flavour with rich, succulent super sweetness.

Growing tips

  • While corn is a heat loving plant that grows easily from seed, the seeds won’t germinate until the soil is warm. 

  • Kernels will only grow when there is enough pollination between plants; this is why it is important to grow corn in blocks rather than single rows.

  • Corn is ready to harvest when the silk or ‘hair’ on top of the corn is brown and shrivelled and the fluid inside the kernel is milky. If it’s still clear, the corn isn’t ready.

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Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.