Definitely follow the direction on your seed packet. Spacing depends on the variety of corn you are planting. Also we adjusted our spacing on this page after viewing more typical sweet corn varieties.
The reason that we plant extra seeds is because some do not germinate--plus you want to thin out the poorer seedings, saving the best plant from each spot.
Pollination happens once you have the silks. We plant it blocks of rows instead of a long, single row because corn is wind-pollinated and the pollen would distribute better this way.
I hope we're answering your question! All the best with some juicy garden-fresh corn!
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