Baby Corn is hard to find fresh, but can be easy to grow! This fancy corn seen in Asian restaurants is entirely edible and a productive grower, growing 4-8 ears about 3-6-inches long per stalk. Harvest within 5 days of silks emerging to stimulate more growth. Pick early and add to stir-fries, salads, and soups for a nutty, delicate flavor, and subtle crunch. If corn are left to mature and dry, kernels can be popped for popcorn.
Corn is one of the plants grown in the traditional Native American vegetable technique called the Three Sisters. The other two plants in the Three Sisters are beans and squash, and each has its role in the companion planting tradition. Corn serves as a support for the vining beans. Squash served as a ground cover, preventing weeds from growing. Beans provided natural fertilizer for all.
Also Known As: Cornlets, Immature Corn, Chinese Baby Corn, Asian Corn, White Baby Corn, Japanese Hulless.
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*Fungicide-treated seeds protect the seedlings from diseases until they are up and growing. Do not eat treated seeds. **Seeds are freshly packed for the growing season of the year listed. Seeds are still viable beyond pack date. Store in a cool and dry location such as the refrigerator or basement to best preserve germination rates.
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Soil Preparation and Fertilizing:
For small gardens, corn is best planted in square blocks instead of long rows to improve cross-pollination between corn stalks. Corn will grow best in areas with plenty of sunlight and prefers well-drained soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.0. To prepare the soil, clear the area of rocks, trash, and large sticks. Small pieces of grass and leaves can be mixed into the soil to make it richer. Spade the soil 8-10 inches deep and completely cover plant material. You may optionally scatter 2-3 pounds of a complete fertilizer for every 100 square feet of garden area. Rake it into the top 4 inches of soil. Rake the soil until it is smooth.
Corn is best planted after the soil warms and is free from all danger of frost. Plant 1-2 ounces of seed for every 100 feet of row. Corn grows best when planted in several short rows instead of one long row. This makes it easier for the plants to pollinate and fill cobs with kernels. Plant corn seeds 1 inch deep and 3-4 inches apart. Space rows 2 1/2 - 3 feet apart. After the plants are up, thin them to 8 inches apart. For a steady harvest, plant again after 2-3 weeks. Silks emerge in 6 weeks after sowing, and baby corn can be picked 5 days later.
|3-4 inch, thin to 8 inches
|2 1/2 - 3 feet
Watering: Water corn as needed to keep it from wilting. When kernels are forming, try not to let the corn suffer from lack of water.
Weeding and Fertilizing: Hoe the weeds off just below the soil's' surface. Try not to work the soil more than 1 inch deep to prevent injuring root systems. When corn plants are about 2 feet fall, you may optionally apply 1 cup of fertilizer for every 10 feet of garden row. Scatter fertilizer evenly between rows and mix it lightly with the soil. Water after fertilizing.
Insecticides: Since baby corn is harvested early, insecticides may not be necessary.
Diseases: If a few of your corn plants are stunted, they may have a viral disease and should be removed to keep the virus from spreading.
Baby corn is the immature cob of the corn plant. The plant€™s female flowers produce it, and, unlike the mature corn cobs, it is harvested when it is only a few inches long before it has had a chance to be pollinated. To harvest the ears, twist the tip of the ear toward the ground until it breaks off. Once harvested, baby corn is best eaten fresh, the same day it€™s been picked. You may also keep it in the crisper of the refrigerator, covered in plastic wrap, for up to 3 days for best freshness.