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My corn is blowing over?

Post  ahbishop on 6/4/2013, 11:25 am

Hi All! I have three squares of corn, 4 plants each, that are now about 8-12 inches tall. The wind keeps blowing them so that they aren't upright. Each morning I set them up and move the MM around to keep them upright, but I wasn't sure what I could do? Is it ok for them to be leaning over? My yard is small and the SFG is with 6 feet of my privacy fence on one side.
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Post  boffer on 6/4/2013, 11:51 am

I've had corn blow over in a small row garden, when the weather conditions were right.

A little bit of a lean isn't a problem, but laying nearly horizontal will be hard on the plants. At their current size, any jerry-rigged method to temporarily keep them upright will work. Something like stakes at the corners of the squares with string connecting them.

As they get taller, if I understand the position of your fence correctly, I would use string or rope to wrap loosely around the corn and attach to the fence.
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Post  ahbishop on 6/4/2013, 11:54 am

Thanks boffer! I am going to do that tonight!
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Post  littlejo on 6/4/2013, 12:06 pm

I have corn growing in my SFG. Mine kept leaning over, so I would upright it daily, but the mm is so soft! I had some mulch(wood chips) which I piled around corn, then I pressed down with my hands, sort of compacting the mm and mulch, it worked and now my corn is 6 ft tall and has tassels and ears on.
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Post  Lemonie on 6/4/2013, 12:14 pm

I have had the same problem and part of it was from moving things to put in my soaker hose with very dry soil. Looks like I need to put something in place while they are still standing.

Got another questions along these lines though, this is my 3rd attempt at corn and the first 2 met their demise after various issues (including neglect on my part). Embarassed But I have noticed that as they become bigger and more established (same with my sunflowers) the large claw-type roots grow above the soil. Is this because of the soil settling so much and I need to add more or should I just leave it. I'm just not certain if it helps keep the plant more solid or tipsy.
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Post  boffer on 6/4/2013, 12:22 pm

@Lemonie wrote: the large claw-type roots grow above the soil.

This is normal.

Covering with MM won't help stabilize the plant. I've seen some folks who try to cover the roots, but I don't see a reason to.

Think about the millions of acres of corn grown across the country. Nobody covers their roots.
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Post  NAR56 on 6/4/2013, 12:59 pm

last year my corn was knocked down my a storm and took a long time to stand up straight again, which resulted in smaller ears of corn.

This year I placed some old tomato cages over the corn and let them grow up through the cages. This year I have had no corn laying down because the tomato cages provided support when the corn got taller.
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Post  Turan on 6/4/2013, 1:15 pm

@boffer wrote:

Think about the millions of acres of corn grown across the country. Nobody covers their roots.

Yeah they do. You run the cultivator through the field for weeds and use that to hill the corn in the same pass. It makes the corn a little more able to handle drought and heat and wind. It is not necessary for a home garden but won't hurt either. A good mulch layer would do about the same.

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Post  yolos on 6/4/2013, 1:45 pm

+ 1 Turan. In our old row garden we used to "hill" the dirt up around the corn roots. Of course, I don't know if it did any good but that was the local practice in these parts.

Last year I ran strings down the row tied to stakes at the end of the row to keep the corn blowing over in the modified MM.
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