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Old 01-14-2009, 07:33 PM   #1
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Corn on Balcony?

I have a balcony about 7' x 7' on my apartment. I am wondering if I there is any way i could grow corn...yes...corn out there. I have always wanted to try but have some issues surrounding having enough stalks and cross-pollination could be an issue. Any ideas?

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Old 01-14-2009, 07:44 PM   #2
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yes, you certainly can grow corn on your balcony, but bringing in a corn crop could be another matter. The minimum you should plant is a block of 4plants x4 plants, 16 plants in total.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:03 PM   #3
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I agree with beth. I can't imagine all the space you'd need to produce a minimum crop. The plants can range 6' + to 8' +.
And as you'd be growing in pots so your yield may be stunted.
I would check online for seed catalogs with a mini plants.

What is your hardiness zone?
Are you looking for a living plant screen?
If so, try bamboo. It is sturdy and multiplies rapidly.

Just one gal's opinion.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:23 PM   #4
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Hey guys, thanks for the quick replies. 4x4...good to know. I'm not planning on bringing in much of a crop, one cob would make me more than happy. I wasn't planning on using pots but rather a box about 1' deep and about 4' x 4'. I've heard the root system for corn is very shallow so I guessed that wouldn't stunt the growth too much but not being a farmer I could be 100% wrong. I am not looking for a living plant screen so much as a challenge :) I have always thought it would be cool to be making dinner one night and think, "Hmm, come fresh corn with this meal would be nice." and then go grab the one cob that grew after 100 hours of work :)
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:25 PM   #5
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Very cool, greggo! If you grow it, we will come!

Make sure you take pictures to post!

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Old 01-14-2009, 08:29 PM   #6
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Will do QSis (although, pictures may not be coming soon, the official reading on the balcony right now is 8 F).
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Go for it, greggo. At least you won't have deer decimating it. Buck had a beautiful corn garden one year. Huge, corn growing healthy and perfect. He had to go on travel for a couple of days. When he came back, his corn was unrecognizable. Ugh!!!! The deer had completely ruined all of it.
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Yeah, i hope I don't have deer problems...although...a deer on my balcony might even be cooler than the corn itself!
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Yeah, i hope I don't have deer problems...although...a deer on my balcony might even be cooler than the corn itself!

Well...it might give you a chance to see if you liked and/or could cook venison.
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LOL! As the saying grows...sauseach his own!
Are you planning on growing anything else?You still will have space left.
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