- Avoiding Cross-Pollination of Different Varieties of Corn
Corn Sprouts - How Do I Keep Them Alive & Growing Healthy?
Q. My corn seems to sprout alright, but for some reason I only end up with 1/3rd or 1/4th of the plants I expect. What's happening? A. Humans aren't the only ones who enjoy sprouts. larger birds, such as crows, will eat your corn just as it's sprouting if given a chance. It may also have been...
- Growing Corn in the Greenhouse - Possible and Practical?
Growing Sweet Corn Successfully in the Family Garden
After tomatoes, sweet corn may be the most popular crop grown in many family gardens. However, as popular as it is, growing corn presents some difficult choices, mostly having to do with what other crops you will have to leave out. In the limited space of a family garden corn is a poor choice...
I've discovered smut in my corn. Must I tear it all out? Can I plant again next year? Are there varieties that are resistant? What varieties are most susceptible?
Corn smut - a fungus disease called Ustilago maydis - is extremely common. It cannot be controlled with fungicides, nor with treating the seed. The spores can be carried into your garden by the wind, even from long distances. Plant infection often occurs through wounds. Therefore, avoid injury to...
Lodging in Corn and Other Cereal Crops - Cause & Cure
Q. Do you have any tips on how to keep corn from lodging? I generally hill up the dirt about 4-5 inches when the plants are about 18 inches tall. It helps but the problem still persists if we get a big wind, especially if I have just watered. A. There are actually two problems included in his...