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How many corn kernels in one hole?

 
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I have some corn in the ground, transplanted from  wintersowing containers, but I would like more.
I sowed some today,  started out putting two per hole, got sloppy and ended up putting 3 to 5 per hole.
Spacing is roughly 12" apart.

So, is that gonna be too much , or maybe just right?
I'm inclined to plant 3 and prune to two, going forward. K
 
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I've only grown corn once so far and I'm sure someone else can give you better advice, but when I grew corn in a container, I had one plant per hole and the holes were only a few inches apart. At the end of the year when I tried to clean the box out, the base of the stem (and the roots coming from it) were massive, but I am curious to see how they would grow with two plants per hole.

I didn't get the yield I wanted due to some type of disease that covered the plant in black and dark green spots, but here are some pictures of that grow in case it's useful:
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Corn at two weeks
Corn at two weeks
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Corn at two months
Corn at two months
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Corn cobs that still looked good
Corn cobs that still looked good
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Shucked corn, drying
Shucked corn, drying
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A friend on one of the leaves
A friend on one of the leaves
 
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I advocate that corn should have about 2 to 2.5 square feet per plant. Five seeds per hole is great, if the hole occupies 10 square feet.
 
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i am trying to make it so i can direct sow my corn. This year i direct seeded it around may 7th. Only about 3 did not come up out of around 130 planted.

I only put one seed in each hole.

I did 18" inbetween the rows and 12" in the row.

If i had a bigger space i would give them more room.
 
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Planted some corn for the first time a few days ago. In trying to answer this question I came across a folk rhyme:

One For The Blackbird
One For The Crow
One For The Cutworm
And One To Grow

Now we all know that just because it’s in the Almanack, don’t mean it’s true. But I like a good rhyme.
 
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jordan barton wrote:i am trying to make it so i can direct sow my corn.



I tried something new this year with my corn. I soaked the kernels in water 24 hours before direct planting. I checked yesterday and I have 100% germination rate. Every single one came up.
I created a row and planted 6" apart. The corn farms in Iowa have almost zero spacing. The stalks are literally touching each other, so I figured 6" was good enough.
 
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 I will generally plant 1 seed per hole 10 in. apart in row and 32 inches between rows.   Over the years i have found this gives me the best harvest and still allows me to fit between rows for hilling and weeding.  I sometimes start a small seed tray with a few in case some do not come up.  My space is limited and I don't like skips.
I have my first crop of corn canned and/or in freezer, second crop waiting to sprout.
 
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Sounds like I'm going to have a very crowded plot of corn.
Some heavy thinning is in my future.
 
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I normally plant 3.  I see nothing wrong with 5.
 
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I also like the visiting friends in my corn.
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Ralph Sluder wrote:  I will generally plant 1 seed per hole 10 in. apart in row and 32 inches between rows.   Over the years i have found this gives me the best harvest and still allows me to fit between rows for hilling and weeding.



That gives 2.2 square feet per plant. Right in the middle of what I believe is ideal spacing.
 
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