Corn plant grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Zea also known as Maize or Corn , Corn plant annual plant also used as ornamental plant and ornamental fruits, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 4+.
Leaves color green, dry leaves and Corn plant silk is the Stigmas from female maize flowers used as herbal.
Flower color can be: green, yellow or red, female flower is actually cob (before ripening), and pistil are hairs on cob and grows on the side of the plants, the male flower grow on the top and the female in the middle of the plant.
Corn cob one or more cob on a Corn plant, Corn cob build from a big quantity of little fruits, the cob can be in size 5-25 cm, color varieties: Yellow, white, red, blue, purple, black and much more, also can be more than one color on one cob sometimes like rainbow colors.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seedling / Seed
Difficulties or problems when growing: Most of the subspecies are chipper to but then grow, require
Planting season: Spring after the last frost or end of the winter in warmer climate
Pests and diseases: Worms, Aphids
Pruning season: End of the growing
How to prune: Take it out the ground
Size of the plant? 1-3 m, 3-9 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing
Water requirement: Big amount of water, average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Not recommended but it’s possible
Bloom season: 2-5 Months depend on the species
General information about the flower Female flower is actually cob (before ripening), and pistil are hairs on cob and grows on the side of the plants, the male flower grow on the top the male flower pollinate the female by the wind and gravitation
Thinning the bloom:
Mostly happened when not enough watering or nutrient in the soil
Pollination is done by: Wind
Fruit harvest season: Summer, sometimes until the beginning of the autumn
Fruits pests or diseases: Worms, Ants, Aphids
What can be done with big quantities of Corn plant fruits? Eat raw, Cooked, PopCorn plant, Juice, Oil, Alcohol
Work requirements on the fruit: ?
How long does it take to bear fruit? 4-8 months, can be taken before and eaten as BabyCorn plant
Grow from seeds
Sowing requirement: It’s simple to sow, should be direct to the ground
Saving seeds until sowing: Cool temperature and dry
Sowing season: Spring but it depend on the weather as long as it’s less than 15 C it’s too cold, should start in a green house
Planting spacing: 10 Cm, 4 Inch
Depth of Sowing: 2-4 Cm, 0.8-1.6 Inch
Conditions for seeds germinate: Fertilized soil, Full sun (also possible half sun)
Watering requires for Seeds: Big amount of water
Germination time: 7-14 days
Condition of seedling: Full sun, Moist
Leaves harvesting season: When the leaves dried
How to harvest the leaves? Doesn’t matter the plant is dry and the collect all
Information about leaves: Green leaves but used when they are yellow in the shape of acicular
Uses of Corn plant leaves: Beverage mostly use for medical uses