Can't grow corn to save my life

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Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby Hook » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:09 pm

We've tried several times to grow corn, and the results are always the same. Small ears or no ears, an short thin plants. Maybe 3-6 feet tall including tassels.
Plenty of water I thought, and fertilized (side dressed) 4 times with 12-12-12. Roots are shallow and the ball is only about the size of softball. Maybe a little less.

What's the tick?
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:20 pm

Field corn or sweet corn?
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby M5farm » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:21 pm

remind me in april next year.
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby skyhightree1 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:24 pm

When I plant my corn in the garden I use that 19-19-19 I let it get about a foot and a half maybe 2 put 46-0-0 on it " sidedress " and water it pretty heavily and seems to be the ticket. I also hill it with that 46-0-0 on it. You have to be careful with it and not put too much around it.
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby Hook » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:35 pm

Sweet corn. Maybe not enough fert then?
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:41 pm

Sounds like enough fertilizer to me. I guessing you have a sandy soil. Are your neighbors successful growing it?
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby Hook » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:48 pm

No one that I know grows it near me. Some corner veggie stand farms grow it and do well but they are miles away. The soil is a pretty sandy, maybe it's all just running through too fast
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby skyhightree1 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:49 pm

Hook my soils are sandy as crap too unless you have beach sand that stuff should grow. What brand of seed do you use?
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby M5farm » Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:50 pm

Hook wrote:Sweet corn. Maybe not enough fert then?


space plants 10- 12" trip 13 when 3 leaves unfold the 34-0-0 sidedress twice during growing season. I have found that drip tape works best for corn in the garden
sweet corn will not produce the huge ears you see in the stores and the stalks will not be as tall or as thick as field corn. stick with a proven easy to grow seed variety like silver queen.
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby Hook » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:15 pm

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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby M5farm » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:16 pm

That's Pitiful Hook. Again remind me in the spring and I will pick up some seed for you and mail it to ya.
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby Hook » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:18 pm

Ain't it! A good friend has always had a huge garden, and does really well growing anything. Except corn. He hasn't got it figured out yet either. I gotta ask the corner farmer and see what he says too
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby M.Magis » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:45 pm

I have that problem as well, most of the time. The key for me is weeds. If I can keep the weeds in check, it does fine. But more often than not they get away from me and my corn is a waste. I’d love to get some RR sweet corn, but I sure can’t justify the cost. I’m hoping that eventually it’ll be available in smaller amounts.
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby skyhightree1 » Tue Oct 14, 2014 3:50 pm

M.Magis wrote: I’m hoping that eventually it’ll be available in smaller amounts.


I can't say it won't happen but I doubt it very seriously.
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Re: Can't grow corn to save my life

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:03 pm

Hook wrote:Image

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Dang, turned out nubbins. What's the variety?
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