Variegated corn in shades of red, white, and green is grown for the ornamental leaves rather than the cobs. Stunning as a backdrop in a border and they are quick-growing plants. Plants may produce decorative cobs which can be used for decoration.
Corn is a hardy full sun grass performing best when sown directly outdoors after the final spring frost. Plant 2-3 seeds 1-2″ deep and 3-4″ apart in loose, Organically rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8-6.2. Germinates in 7-14 days, thinning out best starts to every 12″ once true leaves establish. Avoid overhead watering by watering soil directly. Days to Maturity: 75-95
Corn is an annual plant of the spring type, and its length of vegetation from sprouting to full maturity depends on the characteristics of the variety and can be from 60 to 180 days. All parts of corn can be used for processing. Corn contains 70-75% carbohydrates, 10% protein, about 5% oil, 15% minerals, and 2.5% cellulose. The minimum temperature for corn seed germination is 8 °C. Maize can grow if the soil temperature is above 10 °C and the air temperature is above 13 °C. If the temperature drops below 10 °C, corn stops growing. The plant dies at a temperature of 0°C. Damage occurs at temperatures above 35 °C. In order for the seed to germinate, it must absorb at least 45% of water. Water needs increase during intensive vegetative growth, and are greatest immediately before threshing and silking, during fertilization, and at the beginning of grain pouring. Maize thrives best on deep, fertile, and structural soils with slightly acidic or neutral reactions. Satisfactory results can be achieved with proper processing, fertilization, and care. Good pre-crops for corn are annual and perennial legumes, potatoes, sugar beets, sunflowers, oilseed rape, and small grains. Maize as a pre-crop to other crops can be good, but also bad if harvested late, especially in autumn with a lot of rain.