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Hey .. I d like to grow some corn.

I bought organic seeds to make popcorn. I soaked them and washed them once or twice per day (like when I make sprouts).
They germinated very well.

Can I grow corn from them?

Last year the seed (I bought seed package) did not germinate well in the garden (maybe too cold). This year I d like to grow starts in the greenhouse and plant them. When do I start starting the starts?

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That's pretty much what I did to grow corn as one of my green manures. It wasn't super productive in terms of ears, at least the popcorn I used under the conditions in my garden, but it definitely worked. When you'll start your starts depends on your location and the length of the season -- corn is usually direct-seeded in North America. But I don't think there's any reason you couldn't start it inside, if your season is short or something.
 
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Tobias Ber wrote:When do I start starting the starts?



I direct seed popcorn about 3 weeks before the end of our spring frosts. About same time as the average last frost date is also a great time.

 
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direct seeding did not work well last year. it was a very cool and wet summer. beans and peas had trouble starting (end of may). i assume that the heavy clay soil took too long to warm up.

growing corn from starts might help with slug-issues
 
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I stopped growing sugary-enhanced, synergistic, and super-sweet corns because germination was so erratic for me.

I'm glad that slugs don't thrive in my garden!

 
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I've never done it but High Mowing seeds says, "Start transplants in small cells 3-4 weeks before planting date" <High Mowing link> (timing is the same for the other popcorn I checked).
 
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