NQPC - North Queensland Permaculture

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Maize - incl. Sweet Corn

Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Poales
Family Poaceae
Genus Zea
Common Name Maize - incl. Sweet Corn
Species Z. mays

Maturity days

  • 60

Planting Months

Planting months
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Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Staple_Food Vegetable

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant Yes
Humidity tolerant Yes
Planting area Ground
Sunlight Full_sun

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Short comments

Tall, shallow roots, hungry, needs wind protection. Popcorn, needs processing for human consumption.

General comments

Space plants: 20 - 30 cm apart

Compatible with (can grow beside): All beans, cucumber, melons, peas, pumpkin, squash, amaranth

Avoid growing close to: Celery.

Best planted in blocks to help with pollination.

Pick when the silky threads on the cobs turn brown or black. Part the top of the leaves and test for ripeness by pressing a grain with your fingernail. If it is milky, it is ready. Early varieties ripen quickly and are sweeter when just picked. Avoid planting coloured maize ( for drying) near sweetcorn as they will cross-pollinate and spoil the cobs on both.

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