Morning All!

I'm hoping some of you can relive my paranoia?

I started some sweetcorn off in cells when we moved into our new home at the beginning of April.

I planted them out once they where big enough prob June, they really are trying and every time we get a bit of sun they turf out another couple of leave, but they are only about 12" (30cm) tall...... is there any point in keeping them? do you think they will grow fast enough to produce any cobs?

Has anyone else had the same problem? I'm in a very soggy Lancashire, so I'm guessing it's because of all the rain they haven/t gown. They get sun most of the day where they are, there's only a couple of hours in the mid afternoon where the house gets in the way and they are shaded.


Thanks for your help.



  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    Morning Hare. No, it's not just yours. These are mine when I took a photo yesterday. Leaves been shredded, I presume by birds and slugs, and seem to have new growth, but are so slow growing.




     Mine get full sun, and are watered daily. They just don't want to do anything. image

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Sweet corn needs full sun but also decent warmth. The decent warmth might be lacking.

  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014

    Barry isn't too pleased that I planted my Sunflowers with the Sweetcorn because the Sunflowers are growing faster - the Sunflowers range from 4'- 7' but the Sweetcorn is about 4' - 5' image I bet he won't let me do that again image

    Pam x

  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    Aaw Pam,then he should make you your own Sunflower patch! But I bet they would still grow faster! image

  • Matt LeeMatt Lee Posts: 7

    Mine are the same, now at about 12-14" but they've taken ages - planted direct in early June. Down to all the wet I'm afraid. Fingers crossed for a warm and dry Aug/Sept.

  • Moonlit HareMoonlit Hare Posts: 153

    Thanks all! always nice to have a bit of reasuranceimage

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,931

    Hi, Moonlit Hare, you can grow them in Lancashire. If they are like insomnia's that's not a good height, considering the wheather we've had. Sweet corn does prefer full sun and warmth. They also need a long growing season, unless you have planted mini pop, they won't be ready for harvest until late September at the earlist or even late October. Sweetcron also likes to have deep roots, so need planting in a ridge, then earthing up as they grow, and then earthing up to a ridge so when watered the water runs off the ridge and forms in the trough allowing water to get to the roots.

    They can grow to 6ft, the deep roots, prevent wind from blowing them over.      

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,931

    Sorry meant to say Insomnia's are a good heightimage was going to write 'that's not a bad height' but changed it before posting image

  • Miss BecksMiss Becks Posts: 3,468

    Ha ha ha Zoomer, I read that first line and thought 'Oh no, yet another failure'! So there's still a chance yet then. image

  • Moonlit Hare! I am in Yorkshire, not a million miles away from yourself! n yeah! it as been a very damp year! But our plants on the very most northern part of the plot to recieve the most sun possible all day!  (when we get any that is) But they are now coming on, n doing well! 


    This was two weeks ago! n are now almost for feet high, with all tassles in flour! So yeah! A bad year for corn! but give em time!!  

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