If you want to learn how to grow corn in containers, you've come to the right place! Believe it or not, it IS possible to grow corn directly in containers, although the yield will be much less than if you were to grow them in a field or garden. The most important thing to know when growing corn in containers, is that you need a large pot or container, at least 12 inches deep and wide.

How to Grow Corn in Containers – a DIY Gardening Guide

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Planting Corn in Pots or Containers:

  • Choose a dwarf variety of corn that does not exceed 4 or 5 feet. Some good varieties are short stemmed Trinity and Sweet Painted Mountain corns.
  • Sow 4-6 seeds per pot about 1 inch deep and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
  • Use a good quality gardening soil (a peat based potting soil will work best) and make sure your pot has an adequate number of drainage holes.
  • Position your pot or container in a sunny spot, and give it plenty of water.
  • Mulch around the corn to hold moisture.
  • You can use wood chips, newspaper, or grass to help keep moisture in.


  • Water your corn plant every other day.
  • Add fertilizer about 10 weeks after sowing. Dig a small hole about 2cm in depth around each plant. Pour 1/2 tablespoon of 5-10-10 or 10-20-20 fertilizer per plant, and incorporate the soil.
  • Harvest after 60-100 days.

So now that you know how to grow corn, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!

Happy Planting!

How to Grow Corn in Containers

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