Originally Posted by meatball mommie
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!
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).
Originally Posted by booker81
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.
Originally Posted by melsb
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!