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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 22, 2015 8:33 AM CST
i sowed a few weeks ago 3 sweet corns in a 5 litre bucket.
no they look not bad ....10 centimetres high.
i have a bad feeling transplanting them soon.
so i thought of an idea from hydroponics.......cut (or grooves on the side of the bucket) or the whole base of the bucket and put the bucket in a bigger container.
if the idea sounds logical(enlargening the soil capacity for the future roots)
whats better giving it a deeper container or wider container?
for sure wider and deeper is ideal
the idea came from the fact that on the package of seeds its writen" sow in the place where it should grow"
some i sowed directly into a (3)bucket and some i transfered from a shalower container and they did not like there new house.
maybe because their first home was a nursery.?
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Frillylily
May 22, 2015 8:58 AM CST
a 5 gallon bucket is pretty good sized, maybe you can just leave them in there like they are?
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porkpal
May 22, 2015 10:36 AM CST
5 litres, however, sounds a bit crowded. I like the idea of a wider bucket. Can you make the escape slits quite large?
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Frillylily
May 22, 2015 11:40 AM CST
oh, well, my mistake! I was thinking gallons, yes liters are too small. sorry, sorry, disregard!
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 22, 2015 11:46 AM CST
porkpal said:5 litres, however, sounds a bit crowded. I like the idea of a wider bucket. Can you make the escape slits quite large?


i have a sharp knife.....you agree that transplanting is harmful?
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 22, 2015 2:57 PM CST
I've been transplanting corn out of the starting containers into the garden with zero difficulty.
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Shortly before setting out...

Sorry, the corn is hiding behind the tomatoes... You should see it ok when you enlarge.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
May 22, 2015 3:28 PM CST
davidsevit said:

i have a sharp knife.....you agree that transplanting is harmful?


If they're going to go into the ground eventually I would transplant now unless you still have a risk of frost there.

Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 22, 2015 9:53 PM CST
Agree you should transplant into the ground, and soon David.

Corn grow so big, so fast that they are very demanding of both water and nutrients. Any setback like transplanting can risk your eventual harvest. So if you keep them in that small bucket I doubt you will get any ears no matter how big you cut the holes. Three corn plants need a lot more room!
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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 23, 2015 9:25 AM CST
what i am trying to do is imitate what i see in the fields between jerusalem and tel-aviv......that means on my small patio alot of sun but....in containers....do i transplant the three together in the same soil as a bunch?or separate them and keep them close but for example 20 cm between each seedling?
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porkpal
May 23, 2015 10:48 AM CST
I usually plant three or more cuttings from the same rose in each pot in case one does not "take". I space them closely - about 2 cm apart. If they all take, it looks like a single plant with multiple canes. So it depends upon the result you are seeking, I guess.
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greene
May 23, 2015 12:59 PM CST
Sweet corn is a wind-pollinated plant. I am not sure if only 3 plants will guarantee that you will have sufficient pollination to get ears of corn. You may have to 'assist' the pollination when the time comes.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
May 24, 2015 6:49 PM CST
For what it's worth, I have grown corn in an Earthbox, which is only about 3 ft long x 18 inches wide and only about 1 ft deep. There were about 11 or 12 plants in the box in two rows. These were a shorter variety, but each plant produced 2 ears (and they were quite good). However, Earthboxes are designed to provide a constant supply of moisture and fertilizer that a simple bucket doesn't really replicate. But I've also started them in pots in the greenhouse and transplanted them with no problem.
Not sure if any of this is relevant to your situation, tho.
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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 25, 2015 1:02 AM CST
thanks for your reply i transplanted 3 into a 18 litre container.last night.....so we"ll see
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 25, 2015 1:02 AM CST
greene said:Sweet corn is a wind-pollinated plant. I am not sure if only 3 plants will guarantee that you will have sufficient pollination to get ears of corn. You may have to 'assist' the pollination when the time comes.


thanks
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 25, 2015 1:04 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Agree you should transplant into the ground, and soon David.

Corn grow so big, so fast that they are very demanding of both water and nutrients. Any setback like transplanting can risk your eventual harvest. So if you keep them in that small bucket I doubt you will get any ears no matter how big you cut the holes. Three corn plants need a lot more room!


i transplanted them last night into a 18 litre(three plants) so lets pray.
tomorrow we have 40 degrees.i cannot controll the weather
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 25, 2015 4:26 PM CST
Keep the hose handy! Yikes, 40C is hot!
Elaine

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Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 26, 2015 2:17 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Keep the hose handy! Yikes, 40C is hot!


in a way i like the chalenge/.....i have just taken a plumeria cutting out of the dark bomb shelter (two weeks) and it already started to sprout before i stuck it in its new location.
AND MANY SEEDS ARE IN TURBO MOTION.I LIKE IT AS LONG AS I AM AROUND.EVEN A THICK STEM OF FUCSIA STARTED TO ROOT IN WATER.NO HORMONS NO NOTHING.
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 26, 2015 2:19 AM CST
davidsevit said:

i transplanted them last night into a 18 litre(three plants) so lets pray.
tomorrow we have 40 degrees.i cannot controll the weather


THIS MORNING THEY LOOK HAPPY IN THERE NEW LOCATION
Name: david sevitt
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davidsevit
May 26, 2015 2:21 AM CST
woofie said:For what it's worth, I have grown corn in an Earthbox, which is only about 3 ft long x 18 inches wide and only about 1 ft deep. There were about 11 or 12 plants in the box in two rows. These were a shorter variety, but each plant produced 2 ears (and they were quite good). However, Earthboxes are designed to provide a constant supply of moisture and fertilizer that a simple bucket doesn't really replicate. But I've also started them in pots in the greenhouse and transplanted them with no problem.
Not sure if any of this is relevant to your situation, tho.


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