Maize, also known as corn, is a large grain plant first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. The six major types of corn are dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, popcorn, flour corn, and sweet corn.
You can easily get Sweet Corn in the container. For this, you can use terra cotta container, wooden boxes, containers made of plastic, etc. apart from clay utensils. But keep in mind that the extraction of water should be appropriate in the container. In the summer there is some fun to eat fresh and sweet corn, so we grow it in our garden. Choose the dwarf species maize to grow in the container, but proper care requires in the container sweet corn.
Scientific name Zea mays
Common name corn
Plant type Vegetable/food
Sun requires Full sun
Soil Rich well-drained soil
Soil pH 5.8 -6.8
Many dwarf species of corn such as Primarily “motivational”, “candy corn” and “golden bantam” species are used in abundance. These dwarf varieties of corn grow up to 5 to 6 feet. These small corns are of maximum 7 inches, which produce good and are suitable for container gardening.
The corn needs a large container, the plants are tall, because of strong trees or fear of bending, this tree has a long break. For this, you can take the help of bamboo sticks. You produce maize in containers larger than 20 inches. In small containers, you can not plant three plants (in a triangle). The combination of a large container and extra soil will help to strengthen and produce the corn plant.
- Corn needs full sunlight, frequent water, and fertile well-drained soil to thrive.
- Seed is a suitable medium for developing corn, it cannot be properly transplanted.
- Best germination should wait until a temperature of 70 degrees F.
- Sowing requires a depth of 2 inches. The soil should always be moist, but it should not be wet or otherwise, the seeds can rot. Seeds germinate within a week or two.
- In order to ensure the need for pollination of corn, at least 3 seeds should be planted in the container.
- For planting corn plants, choose a large container that has enough water to get out.
- Make the mixture with high nitrogen mixed with potting soil. Use 10-10-10 fertilizers.
- Before filling this mixture in the container, make the surface of fragments of gravel or broken pottery pieces on the surface.
- Please read the instructions written in packets before using any fertilizer.
- Corn plant needs moisture, use wood chips or grass to maintain moisture.
- For this, use compost with potting soil, the soil should be completely well-drained, the plant gets damaged in the condition of water stopping in the container.
- Since its plant needs moisture, the corn plant needs water every other day. Sweet and soft corn is the rolling roll of water.
- Once the corn plant is taller than 2 feet, then give it a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Find it more.
- Corn plants grow in length, they can be damaged by high wind, so use the cage.
For this, use compost with potting soil, when the plant started to grow once it should be kept in regular water and complete drying soils. When the water began to get down to the water container must be. Corn plants are very thirsty, so they must give water once or twice a day. When you give the water to the plant, the root ball should be completely saturated. Once the corn stalks begin to grow, then make sure to wet its leaves and stalks. It takes about 75 days to reach maturity. The plant gets damaged in the condition of water, logging in the container.
If you do not have bees or other types of pollinating insects in your garden, you can give it a better development by pollinating it by hand. When tassels mature, you can collect it by your hands and keep the collected pollen at the end of each ear.
Corn plants mature in about 60 to 100 days, but it depends on the conditions and the environment there. You can also pull the upper part of the corn out and check it with your thumbnails if the milky liquid fluid comes out, then it is in progress to ripeness. And when its silky fibers become completely dry yellow or fade-green, it means the corn matured.
Cutworms sometimes attack the corn plant. The flea beetles also invade its plant. When corn on the plant comes, then it has to be saved from the birds, as doves like it very much. To avoid this you spread the netting over the plant. Slugs and Snails also trouble young plants. Take a look at our previous post to get rid of this.