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Jun 14, 2020 12:49 PM CST

Probably worth knowing that I'm very new to growing anything at all, my first attempt being some corn that I planted around 2-3 months ago. They've been outdoors for about 3-4 weeks. I was growing them indoors until I realised it wasn't going to work because they're wind pollinated. The packet refers to them as: "sweet corn minipop f1"


First question is what is the smallest pot I can I get away with using?
The pots I've currently got are around 23cm diameter and 14 cm high, I suspect that's too small. My garden is small so don't want to waste space getting pots that are too big.

Next question is, is it possible I could have let them grow for too long without being pollinated? They're about 100cm high soil to highest point, and I see no sign of seeds, which I believe are supposed to appear at the top, with silks lower down between main stem and leaves coming off of it. Could my choice of pot size be limiting the size?
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Jun 14, 2020 1:42 PM CST
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level
I am not familiar with that variety or the Asian baby corns in general. They do grow somewhat like regular corn, but are grown for the miniature immatures ears which are eaten cob and all. The ads for Minipop say it does not need to pollinated, probably a developed ear is not very palatable. Multiple small ears emerge from the side of the plant. The tassel is the male flower that appears at the very top of the plant. On regular corn the tassel appears slightly before the ears. Your pots are pretty small and could be causing problems.
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Jun 19, 2020 4:35 PM CST

Thanks for that, there's some useful information in those links although not so pleased with the emphasis on easy Sad Hopefully I'll have them transferred to larger pots this weekend. I realised they almost certainly need fertiliser added to the compost by now as well, which is probably another issue. That should've been obvious, but I've been trying to mix my reading with trial and error so that I don't end up doing a load of reading and zero growing.
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Jun 19, 2020 6:33 PM CST
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level
Regular sweet corn is one of the easiest plants to grow. Just dig up a piece of ground mix in a handful fertilizer. Plant several seeds. stand back and watch it grow. Remember the native Americans used a digging stick and planted 7 seeds in a hill. hills were a long step apart. I have not tried the multi-eared Asian corn like Mini-pop but it looks like regular corn.
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Jun 21, 2020 6:58 AM CST
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
I once planted corn, outside very close together, about 2 inches apart, in four foot rows, less than 2 feet apart.
I got very tall, healthy corn with very, very few cobs, really very tall grass.
A bigger pot without spacing change may do little.
Corn does not like being transplanted, so if you do and it goes pfft, that is normal.
My cousin transplanted some from his garden to mine successfully but it produced no or stunted ears.
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