Growing Corn in Container

Many people get confused about growing corn in containers, but the truth is not as difficult as people think. You may be worried about how much corn to plant, but once you know the best time to plant it, it’s not too much of a problem to grow corn in a container.

Growing corn in containers is a great way to keep fresh corn on hand at all times. You can grow corn in a container that’s small enough to store in any outdoor space. You can also grow corn in a container large enough to keep it outside the house.

Growing corn in a container is a great way to keep fresh corn fresh and create a nice and beautiful display. Corn in a container is a very easy and cheap way to grow corn. Growing corn in a pot is a good idea because it doesn’t take up much space.

Basic and Important Steps to Grow Corn in a Container

 grow corn in a container

Growing corn in a container allows you to grow the corn right in your garden. Most of the time, you can use a half-bushel of corn for about six to eight weeks after it’s planted, but some varieties do better with 7 or 8 weeks.

It’s important to plant fall-planted corn because it provides better yields in the winter when you need it most. It’s important to have good drainage so that the corn doesn’t rot. If it does rot, you can simply dig it up and replant it.

By following these basic steps, you will get healthy and tasty corn.

Container to Grow Corn

Container to grow corn

The container that you choose will depend on how many plants you’re going to grow. If you’re going to grow just one plant, then a 5-gallon plastic bucket might be the best choice. You want to grow a few plants, then think hard about how big you want them to grow in. If you’re going to grow several plants, then you might want to invest in a larger container.

For example, 3 full-size corn plants can fit in a 12 inches container and if you want to grow 6 corn plants you need a 20 inches container. A lot of people grow corn in plastic containers, but you can also grow in clay pots, garbage cans, baskets, wooden crates, and barrels. Be sure they have adequate drainage.

You want to choose a container with a larger base to allow for more airflow. The container used to grow corn needs to be strong enough to support the weight of the corn as it grows, but it is not strong enough to break when pulled out. If the container is strong enough, you can grow corn in it.

Variety of Corn

Variety of corn

There are different varieties of corn. You can choose what you love to eat but keep in mind you choose the type of corn that grows well in a container. For containers, the dwarf varieties are best as they do not exceed 4 or 5 feet. Corn plants that produce short stalks are good to grow in containers.

Here are some examples

  • Strawberry Popcorn
  • Sweet Painted Mountain
  • Sweet Spring Treat
  • Chires Baby Sweet
  • Trinity

Here are some sweet varieties of corn that you can grow if you live in a cooler area.

  • Bodacious
  • Extra Tender
  • Sugar Pearl
  • Vision

If you want to grow more than one variety of corn then use different containers.

Soil for Corn

Soil for corn

Growing corn in container gardening requires a little deeper soil than a regular one. You also need the right amount of fertilizer, and you need to plant the plants properly. Compost is also needed so that the soil mixes well with humus, sand, and clay.

Many people grow corn in containers. If they plant it directly on the ground, they have to wait for the soil to support the corn. When planted in pots, the soil does not take much time to support the corn. When planting corn in a container, you should also make sure that you give the soil time to support the corn.

You can use a lot of organic matter that is usually made up of plants and doesn’t need to be fertilized. The best choice is pet-based potting soil. Add all-purpose fertilizer, compost, and cow dung or chicken dung before planting.

Planting Corn

Planting corn

This is the easiest part. Sow 3-4 corn seeds per container in the soil. You should sow the seeds one inch deep. Hen cowl with a thin layer of soil. Give them water. Give them water. Place your container in a sunny place. Corn needs 6 hours of sunlight daily.

Watering Corn

Watering corn

Corn needs daily watering. The taste and softness of your corn depend on how much water you give to your corn. Water your plant frequently but don’t overwater. Morning and evening are the best times to water your plant. You can water it with a hose or water it with a sprayer. Make sure you don’t overwater your corn and make sure it’s not too dry.



Fertilization is the process by which a plant obtains some nutrients from the soil. I would like to fertilize corn in the middle of the growing season. It is important to grow the corn for several weeks after fertilizing, as chemicals cannot penetrate the plant.

The approximate time of fertilization is 10 weeks after you sow seed, usually plants are two feet tall. Pour in each whole ½ tablespoon of 5-10-10 or 10-20-20 fertilizer. It’s better to dig a hole, sprinkle the fertilizer, and mix it in soil.



Harvesting corn is the process of removing the grain from the ears of corn. Most corn matures in 60-100 days, depending on the variety of corn you grow. Weather conditions also have affected the harvest

Possible Pests That May Damage Your Corn

Possible pests that may damage your corn

Corn is a major crop in the Midwest, and its value is dependent on how well it’s grown. As the crop grows, it develops many different diseases. There are a lot of different pests that can affect corn. It’s important to know what kind of pest you’re dealing with, what kind of damage it causes, and how to handle it. These pests include different types of insects, diseases, and rodents.

Some Problems You May Face When Growing Corn Are

  • Cutworms

Cutworms, the term used for a group of insects that attack corn, can damage corn in a number of ways. In the Midwest, farmers often cover their cornfields with a thin layer of plastic or wire mesh to protect them from cutworms. In other areas of the country, farmers don’t cover their corn crops because they believe that it’s not worth the effort.

  • Seed Corn Maggots

Seed corn maggots are tiny insects that attack the tubers of corn plants. They do this by damaging the tubers. This can cause them to stop producing enough food for their young, resulting in them dying. This is done via a process called necrosis.

They are one of the most common pests, but they can do a lot of damage to corn. They eat immature kernels, damaging the crop and reducing yield.

  • Southern Corn Rootworm

Southern Corn Rootworm damage corn is known for eating the roots of corn plants. The harmful effects of southern corn rootworm can include stunted plants, damaged plant stems, and loss of corn yield.

Southern Corn Rootworm damage corn is a big problem, mainly because it’s hard to identify them at first. During the growing season, corn roots are easily damaged in many ways and they’re typically only active in the Fall and Winter months.

This insect will attack a variety of different crops and can attack corn, soybeans, sorghum, wheat, and rice. It is very difficult to control and is not viewed as a serious pest. One of the best ways to prevent and mitigate damage to corn and other crops is to be vigilant and pay attention to changes in soybean and corn yield and quality.

  • Wireworms

Wireworms are a type of insect commonly found in cornfields. The Wireworms use corn as a food source, and they eat it all up. They’ll also eat off of the grain and destroy it as well. Because of this, corn is only grown in certain areas of the Midwest, and it’s important to protect it from getting damaged by wireworms.

We don’t really know just how hard or how often they can damage the corn, but they definitely eat the kernels. Their feeding damages the ears of the corn plant, so they need to be kept away from the ear.

  • Corn Leaf Aphids

Corn Leaf Aphids are small insects that feed on the leaves of corn. The infestation of corn leaf aphids is one of the most serious pests that can damage your corn crop. Corn Leaf Aphids feed on the corn’s growing points and grow about an inch a day.

When Corn Leaf Aphids grow too fast, they can kill corn.  Corn Leaf Aphids are a serious problem in the U.S. corn belt, especially in California. If you have corn or you’re growing corn, you have to keep an eye on the Corn Leaf Aphids.

You can find out what you’re dealing with by checking corn leaves for black spots that are covered with white powdery fungus. If you see any, you should take action right away to get rid of the infestation. To get rid of the infestation, you should destroy all possible sources of entry, such as spray cans, hoses, and other equipment.

  • Corn Plant hunter

The biggest pest that you want to look out for in corn is the corn earworm, also called the corn plant hunter. This moth is very hard to see, so it’s important to look for signs of infestation in your corn crop.

If you see the corn earworm, you have to deal with it. You need to destroy it before it causes any damage. If you don’t destroy it, it can spread across the crop and spread to other parts of the field.

Tips and care to grow corn in container

  • Use a large container at least 12 inches deep and wide.
  • Water your plants daily.
  • Add fertilizer after 10 weeks of sowing seed.
  • Sow 3-4 seeds per container.
  • Provide sunlight and water according to the type of corn you are growing.

grow corn in container


You can grow your own corn without wasting much. If you have a small space then growing corn in a container is the best option. You can grow your favorite varieties of corn at the same time. Growing corn in containers is a cost-effective process. You can get a healthy full of taste corn as compared to corn grown with chemicals. You can easily move your container according to the requirements of your plants.