How to Grow Corn

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Botanical Information

Taxonomy

Zea mays

Poaceae family

History

Physical Description

Varieties & Cultivars

Categories or Types of Corn

Colors Available

Varieties (link to ../category/cultivars/tag/Corn)

Growth Requirements

Climate & Temperature Requirements

Air Temperature

Soil Temperature

Humidity

Day Length or Light Requirements

Site Conditions Favored

Soil Requirements

Soil Texture

pH

Nutrient Requirements

Propagation

Methods of propagation

Seed

Division

Cuttings

Transplanting or Potting Up

Seed Saving

Planting Out

Bed Prep & Soil Amendments

Bed Spacing

Row Spacing

Planting Depth

Alternative Bed Methods

Container Gardening

Routine Cultivation & Maintenance

Water Requirements

Fertilization Recommendations

Mulching & Weeding

Pinching or Pruning & Dividing

Support

Winterizing

Companion Planting

Helpful Companions

Harmful Companions

Companion to..

Pests, Diseases & Problems

Common Pests

Common Diseases

Symptoms

Whole Plant

Leaves

Stem/Trunk

Flowers

Fruit

Roots

Harvesting & Storage

Edible Parts of the Plant

Yield

Days to Harvest / Harvest Timing

  • For sweet corn, when the silks at the top of the corn cobs dry out and turn brown, you’ll know it’s time to test one of the ears: gently pull down some of the husk on a corn ear and press your finger nail into a kernel; if the liquid is clear, the corn needs more time, but of the liquid is milky, then it’s time to harvest the corn VG

Harvest Methods

Storage of harvest

Fresh

Canned

Frozen

Pickled

Dried

Cooking

Nutritional Benefits & Values

  • gluten free
  • high levels of vitamin A
  • high levels of vitamin B1 (thiamin)
  • high in fiber
  • Nixtamalization, soaking the kernel in an alkaline lime solution, allows the tough outer layers to be removed so it’s easier to grind into a paste, which also releases niacin and amino acids that are otherwise unavailable
  • decent source of calcium (for a grain) especially when nixtamalized
  • corn is an incomplete protein, but combining it with squash and legumes (the Three Sisters isn’t just for growing) makes up for its nutritional shortfalls
  • one of the lowest protein contents of the grains (along with rice)
  • cornmeal, when bought from the store, is often degerminated, which removes nutrition; package should say “whole corn” or “whole grain” or “stone ground”…or if you see lots of dark specks, then it’s probably not degerminated

Toxicity

Cooking

Preparation

Cooking Methods

Recipes (link to …/category/recipes/tag/Corn)

Resources

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