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Growing Corn

Growing Sweet Corn

Fresh home grown sweet corn, straight off the stalk is undeniably the best you'll ever taste. Utilizing simple time-tested techniques, you can use a limited garden space effectively to grow an abundance of this classic American staple crop.

Companion Plants for Corn

A plant that attracts a certain class of insect pest, fungal or microbial pathogen should not be placed near another plant that is adversely effected by the same pests and pathogens. A plant that depletes certain nutrients from the soil that is needed by its neighbor should be separated from those plants so as to avoid competition for those nutrients.

Baby Corn - There are several methods of growing miniature baby corn. You can grow it as a primary corn crop, choose a seed variety suitable to produce only baby corn. Several companies offer special Seeds for this purpose - produced solely for harvesting miniature immature baby corn.


Drought Resistant Corn - Drought Resistant Corn Varieties. Tips and Techniques for growing corn in drought conditions.

Isolating Sweet Corn - How and Why to Isolate Sweet Corn Varieties. Corn is wind-pollinated, pollen from different varieties will pollinate their neighbors as well as their own. The results are frequently not favorable. Not only will you not get ears of corn true to the variety you planted but the affected ears are quite often inedible, sometimes hard and gritty and not as sweet or tender. If you're growing feed corn, this doesn't matter much- but for your own table you want the best flavor and quality possible.

Container Corn - When growing corn in containers, you need a container large enough. You don't need to go out and buy expensive planters, Use your imagination. Wooden crates,Old tires, garbage cans, laundry baskets and so forth will suffice so long as they are big enough to hold the plant and enough soil. Not only for the roots growth, but to serve as an anchor for the fully grown corn plants whisking in the wind.

Hydroponic Corn - Corn can be grown hydroponically either indoors or out. Corn consumes a lot of vertical space, so that of course should be considered if planning to grow corn indoors.

Corn Varieties

Unique Varieties of Corn for Home Gardeners. Uncommon varieties of Corn for home gardeners. Morado, Glass Gem, Indian Corn, Sweet Corn, Popping Corn.

Glass Gem Indian Corn - The effect of glass gem corn can be quite stunning at times, and when you bite into one you almost expect it will taste like candy, jelly beans perhaps. It's sweet but not as sweet as jelly beans which an ear of glass gem corn sometimes resembles. It's sweet just like Sweet corn is supposed to be.

Japonica Corn is similar to Glass Gem in appearance, but is a variety of Dent corn, not sweet corn. It is sometimes grown strictly as an ornamental plant as its stalks and atssles have unusual and vibrant coloration. It can be eaten fresh even when picked at the right time, there is a very narrow window of opportunity as it only peaks in this department for a few days. Even when picked at the right time, well it just doesn't taste all that good which is the case with most dent corn. It is best used for grinding and as a flour corn

Peruvian Giant Corn - An extremely large variety of corn. The stalks reach up to 18 feet in height.



Peaches & Cream Corn -Peaches and Cream is an f1 hybrid bi color variety of Sweet Corn. It actually yields two different tastes with each bite, the yellow kernels have concentrated more sugars and the whites more starch, they meld together in your mouth for a buttery sweet taste.

Jubilee Corn There are several strains of Corn known as Jubilee. Jubilee Hybrid, Golden Jubilee both share similar characteristics. Jubilee SuperSweet takes a tad longer to mature, and as the name implies produces a sweeter ear of corn.

Seneca Horizon Corn - Seneca Horizon is an early producing variety of Sweet Corn. It is known to give very reliable and abundant yields. Most early corn varieties produce relatively small ears of corn. One of the best early producers - Early Sunglow - produces ears that are only 6.5 to 7 inches long, Seneca Horizon, although it does not produce AS early, yields ears of corn a hefty 8 - 10 inches long and just as sweet.

Gold Bantam Corn is the oldest of the Home Grown Heirloom Corn varieties that's still kicking around. It's still popular for good reasons - It has great flavor, sprouts well in cooler soil and produces a reasonable yield.

Early Sunglow Corn is a hybrid variety of sweet corn favored by many home gardeners, particularly in regions with short seasons. It thrives in cool weather and is a good choice to plant early, as soon as the soil is workable and warmed to at least 70 F.

Iochief Corn ne of the older hybrids. It has been popular among farmers and gardeners for decades and for good reason. It's not the best sweet corn available but is a reliable and consistent producer. Part of it value lies in its ability to produce and retain high quality corn under adverse conditions. It is drought resistant as well as being tolerable, not resistant, just tolerable of inundating rains.

Silver Queen Corn is quite frequently described as being a "white" corn , well it's not really white, just a very pale yellowish white. It's a popular and tasty late season sweet hybrid variety of corn.

Sugar Pearl Sweet Corn is an early producing hybrid white sweet corn. As the name suggests it is pearly white and sugary sweet.

Black Aztec Corn. Planting, Care, Cultivation, Seeds. Early white mature Black corn variety, top eating quality at the proper stage of development.

Bloody Butcher is a variety of "Dent Corn", Not sweet corn. Dent Corn has a very high starch content and is used primarily as a base ingredient in corn flour, cornmeal, and so forth.


Preserving Corn

Preserving Corn - Preserving Corn. Methods of Preserving Sweet Corn for Winter Use. Freezing, Drying and Grinding Corn.