Corn, which is also known as Bebee Korn, Bebi Karn, Sisura Bhutta, Kulantai Colam is a cash crop in the agricultural field. Many food industries are dependent on baby corn, popcorn, corn flakes, and cornflour which is a source of basic food necessity and also used for cooking fries. So, here’s a simple guide for growing corn in your home garden.
Steps to grow corn seeds:
- Take a seedling tray and fill it with coco peat.
- Make a 1 inches deep hole and put 1 seed in the hole.
- Fill the hole with coco peat and spray some water.
- When two-three leaves start growing, transplant them in the soil or medium (or large, at least 16-18 inches pot) sized containers.
- Water 5-6 times a week in the summer season.
- Water every alternative day in the winter season.
- Give 2inches of water, in the soil near the root, not on the leaves.
Seed germination time:
Seeds will germinate in 7-15 days.
Temperature range to grow:
20-30 degree C.
- If growing in pots or containers make sure to add potting mix.
- If growing in soil, mix vermicompost, cow dung, and organic manures like tea compost and vegetable peels in the ratio 2:1.
- Mulching also helps retain moisture and prevents the growth of weeds.
- Corn is a sun-loving plant, so plant them where it gets full sunlight.
- At least 6-7 hours.
- Corn grows best in fertile, well-drained, and raised bed soil.
- With a pH level of 5.5-7.0.
- Before transplanting the sapling, mix the soil or pot with compost and fertilizers.
- Keep the soil moist.
Time to flower/fruit:
- The flower may start growing in the 3-4 weeks.
- And the corn cob is ready to harvest in the 7-9th week from the day of the plantation.
- The germination will depend on the temperature, sunlight, and water quantity.
- It consists of carbohydrates and proteins.
- Contains vitamins and minerals.
- Contains Vitamin B2 and Vitamin B6.