When to harvest baby sweetcorn

One question we’ve had a few times over the past couple of weeks is about growing and harvesting baby sweetcorn and whether or not they can be treated the same as regular sweetcorn. In fact, harvesting baby sweetcorn is done a little earlier than normal sweetcorn…

Harvesting Baby Sweetcorn

With baby sweetcorn, you should harvest them while the tassels are still blonde. Wait until the cobs reach 10-15cm long, and then harvest one to check before you harvest the others. You could get 4 or 5 cobs from each plant… enjoy!

Harvesting Regular Sweetcorn

With regular sweetcorn, we always recommend you wait until the silk tassels at the end have turned a dark brown/black in colour before checking to see that they are ripe.


Need some sweetcorn plug plants? They are usually available between late April and July. You might still have time to plant in August, but it is getting a bit late in the season, so they might be best being planted in a polytunnel at this time of year.

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