How do you grow popcorn?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 16 July 2013 01:06 PM
Sow the popcorn seeds during April and early May in small fibre or paper pots filled with compost and place them on a windowsill to germinate.

Once the risk of frost has passed in late May/early June they can be planted outdoors, well away from other sweet corn to avoid cross pollination. Choose a sunny, sheltered position and plant in blocks at least three rows deep spacing the plants 45cm (18″) apart. Plants grown in paper or fibre pots can be kept in the pots as these will break down without disturbing the root system. As the plants grow mulch them with a thick layer of organic matter such as garden compost, which can be mounded up around the roots that appear around the base of the stem to give extra stability in high winds. Keep the plants well watered in dry spells especially when they are in flower.

The cobs are ready to harvest from August to November when the husks around each cob have become dry and papery.
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