Knowledge from Olle Garden Bed: Can You Grow Corn With Corn Cobs?

Corn is one of the most popular "vegetables". It is an interesting crop suitable for adults and children. Generally, corn germination is achieved by planting corn seeds (dry kernels), but can you plant corn with ears of corn? In fact, you can grow corn with corn cobs. Read on to learn how to breed corn from corn cobs. The following content also has some reference value for raised garden beds.

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Breeding corn on corn cob

Generally, corn is propagated from seeds and dry seeds, but it can also grow from corn cobs. This is a particularly interesting project that can teach them how to grow food, and the results are awesome, towering stems.

It is not particularly difficult to reproduce corn through corn cobs. You need to make sure that the corn cobs you use look healthy and have no signs of mold or disease or pests.

Corn is one of the common transgenic crops in the United States. If you are worried about genetically modified organisms, choosing and planting your own corn is the way to go. In this way, you can ensure that corn is not genetically modified.

Another question is what type of corn you grow. If this is just a scientific experiment, you may not care whether the corn is in the field (sunken corn) or fed corn, but if you want to plant corn as a result, you may choose sweet corn or fried corn.

Finally, if you are worried about chemical control and planting methods, please select organically grown corn cobs for breeding.

Breeding corn from corn cob

Once you choose your corn cob, you can take several different routes. If you want to plant corn to the end, that is, if you want to produce corn cobs, you'd better completely dry the corn kernels, otherwise they will often rot and will not germinate.

If you just want to try and show your child (or yourself) how the corn sprouts sprout, you can use a fresh corn stick on a plate containing one inch (2.5 cm) of water; There is no need to submerge the corncob. Put it in a sunny place and pay attention to it.

Within a few days, the corn grains will begin to sprout. You will see buds sprout from seeds and roots and grow in water. Add more water when the corn absorbs it, or if the water tastes, add all the water. Bean sprouts take about 2 weeks.

When the kernel germinates, some will fall off the corn cob. These can be planted. Keep in mind that some will get moldy; Discard these.

Another way to germinate from the corn cob is simply to put half of the corn cob into the soil and stretch out the other half. Keep moist until the kernel germinates. If there is fresh corn cob on your corn cob and it starts to move southward, this is an option, but again, this is an experiment, which may not produce any viable corn seedlings.

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How to plant corn from corn cobs

To plant corn, you can plant fallen germinated seeds as described above. This may be more like an experiment than a promise of harvest, but it's still interesting.

If you really want to grow corn with corn cobs, you must first dry the corn kernels. Peel or remove the shell and expose the core to dry air. Let the ears dry for 2-3 months, then remove the kernel from the corncob and plant or store it in a sealed jar. Remove and discard any poorly colored or mildewed cores.