While growing your own garden is a labor of love, growing corn takes patience that many gardeners don't possess. If you just want enough corn for personal use, this article will show you how to grow corn in containers to maximize limited space.
Step 1: The Initial Planting
Planting a corn seed is like most other plants. Use containers that have at least 6 pots per container but you will be staggering the seeds in every other pot. You want to fill each of the pots you are planning to use with garden soil that drains well because you do not want your corn seeds to become saturated with water. Plant the seeds about halfway in the garden soil. Add fertilizer mixed with water. Use 12-15-15 fertilizer and liquid seaweed for the best results.
Step 2: Water Frequently
Corn seeds are very thirsty and require a lot of water. In order to keep them happy you want to water them once or twice a day. Use just enough water to moisten the garden soil. If the water runs out of the container too quickly, use a small stake to poke a hole down to the root ball. When you water the plant you want to make sure the root ball is getting saturated with the water. Once the corn stalk begins to grow you will want to moisten the leaves of the corn stalks several times a week.
Step 3: Heating
Watering and heating the corn goes hand in hand. Use heat lamps to heat the stalks inside the home. If you are planting outside, make sure the corn has access to direct sunlight. Growing corn inside the home is possible with access to heat lamps and a dedicated growing area.
Step 4: Fertilizing
Juicy kernels are produced by corn stalks that have been watered, fed and exposed to lots of sunlight. Fertilizing the plant with 12-15-15 fertilizer and liquid seaweed once a week will go a long way toward growing healthy corn stalks.
Step 5: Sowing the Seeds
To encourage growth it is important to sow the seeds yourself every 3 or 4 weeks. Garden soil turnover is important to retain soil moisture and to circulate nutrients.
Step 6: Moving the Plants
Keep a watchful eye on the corn seeds. They will grow down before they grow upward. Look at the bottom of the pots and once you see the white tip of a root reaching the bottom it is time move the corn plant to a larger container. Failure to do so will create a mess of tangled roots. Loosen the root ball first before transplanting to a larger pot.
Step 7: Manual Pollination
You can encourage better development from your corn by manual pollination. When the tassels mature you can run your hands through them to collect the pollen. Place this collected pollen at the end of each ear.