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Post  bigblue94 on 6/1/2017, 4:53 pm

Hello everyone getting ready to plant some corn and have some questions.

1. i have a 4 x 6 box do i plant all the corn at once or do something else

2. i know that corn is a heavy feeder do i add something while planting and do i need to add anything during the growing of the corn

thanks for your help.
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Post  sanderson on 6/2/2017, 1:25 am

I checked our Search feature and found 140 threads on corn! A very popular item for the garden. Someone plants in succession, like 2' x 4', then 2 weeks later another 2' x 4', etc. I hope someone in your region can comment on whether it is too late for succession planting, and what short season corn will work.

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Post  yolos on 6/2/2017, 8:28 am

@bigblue94 wrote:Hello everyone getting ready to plant some corn and have some questions.

1. i have a 4 x 6 box do i plant all the corn at once or do something else

2. i know that corn is a heavy feeder do i add something while planting and do i need to add anything during the growing of the corn

thanks for your help.
Usually I plant corn in 4 x 8 foot beds.  I usually plant different varieties with different DTM in different boxes thereby harvesting corn at different dates.  This year I am planting Silver Queen Corn only.  I am planting it in three different 3 x 8 foot beds.  I started real early and planted a 3 x 4 foot area every week.  But I am having to hand pollinate because corn is wind pollinated (mostly) and the wind just blows the pollen away from the silks because the planting area is so small.

Yes, corn is a heavy feeder.  It needs lots of nitrogen at different times in the growth cycle.
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Post  Ginger Blue on 6/2/2017, 8:57 am

I can't speak to growing corn in a square foot bed. As I understand it (similar to what Yolos mentioned), corn is wind pollinated and should be planted in multiple stands of at least 4' x 4' for best production.

The first week of July, last year, I planted four separate stands of 'Early Sunglow,' in groups of five or six grow bags each, along with several rows directly sown in the ground. I got good germination and healthy stalks, but lost the ears, in September, to hungry animals before I could harvest the crop.

Good luck with the effort; please let us know how it goes!
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/12/2017, 6:17 pm

I've planted a 4' x 4' with corn, which is doing fairly well, although not all seeds germinated.

They look a bit yellowish, despite having been planted with a 5+-way amendment that was heavy on manure-based compost.

Could there be too much nitrogen in the mix?  If so, how should I fix it?
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Post  SwampTroll on 6/12/2017, 6:50 pm

@yolos wrote:
Usually I plant corn in 4 x 8 foot beds.  I usually plant different varieties with different DTM in different boxes thereby harvesting corn at different dates.  

Yolos, did you hand pollinate and bag your corn?

I'll be growing three separate types of corn this year and am slightly worried about mutant corn.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/12/2017, 7:02 pm

@donnainzone5 wrote:I've planted a 4' x 4' with corn, which is doing fairly well, although not all seeds germinated.

They look a bit yellowish, despite having been planted with a 5+-way amendment that was heavy on manure-based compost.

Could there be too much nitrogen in the mix?  If so, how should I fix it?
Has it been cold and wet?  That results in yellow seedlings.  SHould resolve.  Corn loves nitrogen, heavy feeder.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/12/2017, 9:12 pm

Yes, it has been fairly chilly and wet.  It's supposed to warm up in a day or two.
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Post  yolos on 6/12/2017, 9:34 pm

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Usually I plant corn in 4 x 8 foot beds.  I usually plant different varieties with different DTM in different boxes thereby harvesting corn at different dates.  

Yolos, did you hand pollinate and bag your corn?

I'll be growing three separate types of corn this year and am slightly worried about mutant corn.
Last year I planted three different varieties on the same date.  They all dropped pollen at different times so there was no need to bag.  This year, all my corn was the same variety so no need to bag either.  I did hand pollinate when I was able to time the pollen dropping.  I actually cut off the tassel and used it as a brush to pollinate the silks.
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