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Why is my corn so short?

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This is really weird to me. My corn stalks are only 3-4 feet high, but they are all flowering and a few have the little baby ears growing. What gives??
post #2 of 7
I have no idea why this is happening, but I wanted to share that I am having the same problem! I have ears of corn forming, but the stalks are pretty short like yours. I was thinking that my soil wasn't that fertile where I have them planted, but other things in my garden look fine (tomatoes and beans are pretty close by). Have you grown corn in the past with success? I tried the past 2 yrs - the first year looked good, but raccoons ate the corn before I could pick it then last year I didn't get good corn formation (no pollination?) I have good success with other stuff in my garden, just not with corn!!

Maybe someone else will have a solution!
Karen
post #3 of 7
I think it's soil nutrition too. I've not been able to grow corn here. The best I got last year was the 4' stalks.

Something is also off with my soil, this is the first year out here I've put a good bit of work into it, including a lot of composted horse manure. My stuff is doing ok - pretty good - but not near as good as I expect it to do, based on my experience growing in other places. I'm going to get a soil test done to see what it's lacking or if it's pH is off.

Didn't you have the leaning corn? The roots may not have been able to pull enough water/nutrients from damage.

I know field corn gets stunted with lack of water too, since they usually fertilize the heck out of things.
post #4 of 7
Could be the soil but it could also be the type of corn you're growing. Maybe you picked up a heirloom variety?
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Originally Posted by meatball mommie View Post

I have no idea why this is happening, but I wanted to share that I am having the same problem! I have ears of corn forming, but the stalks are pretty short like yours. I was thinking that my soil wasn't that fertile where I have them planted, but other things in my garden look fine (tomatoes and beans are pretty close by). Have you grown corn in the past with success? I tried the past 2 yrs - the first year looked good, but raccoons ate the corn before I could pick it then last year I didn't get good corn formation (no pollination?) I have good success with other stuff in my garden, just not with corn!! Maybe someone else will have a solution!
Karen

Maybe it's a New England thing this year! Last year my corn grew much taller, though the deer got to it so I didn't harvest very much. All the other things I'm growing are doing fine (tomatoes, beans, carrots, squash, peppers).

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Originally Posted by booker81 View Post

Didn't you have the leaning corn? The roots may not have been able to pull enough water/nutrients from damage.
I know field corn gets stunted with lack of water too, since they usually fertilize the heck out of things.

Yeah, mine was leaning before, and I did finally get it to straighten up, but it's very possible the roots didn't do well enough. I know for a fact that it's not lack of water, though! It's rained almost every day for weeks and weeks. I didn't do any extra fertilizing of my soil since everything did fine last year, but I have since learned from more experienced people that corn really does do better with extra fertilizer.

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Originally Posted by melsb View Post

Could be the soil but it could also be the type of corn you're growing. Maybe you picked up a heirloom variety?

I don't know... the package just said sweet corn hybrid or whatever.

Thanks for everyone's input, though!
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I don't know... the package just said sweet corn hybrid or whatever.

Hybrid is the opposite of heirloom -- and I can't type today.

But as long as it is still producing.!!
post #7 of 7
Lack of nitrogen in the soil could be a problem...as well as if you plant the corn in the same place every year-it uses up the same nutrients. Adding nitrogen fertilizer when they were young and a slow release during the hot months really helped my corn last year. Best of luck-at least you still have corn!
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