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Zea mays

Sweetcorn

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Features

  • BloomsAugust
  • Height2m to 3.5m
  • Spread0.4m
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Zea mays (Sweetcorn). This is a robust, upright, annual grass which grows about 3.5m tall, and has arching, lance-shaped, waxy leaves. The flowers are produced in terminal panicles of male racemes, which are about 20cm in length. The flowers are followed in late summer or early autumn by cobs with yellow, sweet, edible grains. Grow them in fertile soil which is amended with bone-meal and wood ashes as well as rotted manure and compost. Pre-sprouting the seeds will aid in speedier germination. For best pollination, grow the corn in a small square instead of long rows. You may pollinate by hand to ensure the highest yield of cobs. Cobs are ready for harvest when the tassels are dark brown and the kernels have creamy liquid.

Characteristics

Annual, Vegetable

Origin

Tropical America

Interest and use

Culinary, ornamental, cereal, food

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

You can grow in full sun with fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Harvesting may start in late summer may end in early autumn. Fairly easy to grow.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds in late winter or early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Dry soil, white maggot and fungus diseases.

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