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Sweetcorn - Can I grow in pots?

Hello. I've never grown sweetcorn before as I've never seen it worthwhile to grow or suitable for my garden, however I've been given some seeds and I thought I'd give them a go. At the moment I have 2 very large deep pots (about 1.5m deep). Is it possible to grow them in there.
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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,118
    You could grow them but you might not get any cobs. They are wind pollinated and it is recommended to plant them in a block of 20 or so to increase the chance of pollination.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,879
    I grow sweetcorn most years. They take up a lot of room, certainly you have to grow in blocks for wind pollination, but I don't grow 20. They need planting at least 12 inches apart,so I don't think pots are viable proposition.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145
    Surely if the containers are that depth -1.5m - they're a decent width as well?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,523
    With a pot 5 ft tall, I would need a ladder to plant it up and reach the top of the plants.
    If it’s the same width you could plant a block in there.  It will take a lot of soil though, is it really worth it. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145
    That's what I wondered @Lyn - and especially the amount of soil.
    It would need to be buried to make it easier to access and for caring for the plants as they grow [they're not exactly small ] so it would surely be a bit pointless. 
    Have you nothing else that would be more useful for the container @alexryzawlskiqBU-X4OF?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,628
    I did wonder if @alexryzawlskiqBU-X4OF meant to write 1.5 feet (18 inches/45cm). In any case the width matters more - how many plants can be planted in a block, or can several pots be grouped together to make a block?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145
    edited 17 May
    Good point @JennyJ. That sounds far more likely!
    In that case, I wouldn't think it would work unless there was enough pots to make a big enough area. If it's only the two mentioned, I doubt it.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,628
    If the containers were wide down to the base (something like the size of a standard water butt cut in half across the middle or wider, not the tall narrow ones or the bell-shaped ones that get narrow at the base) you could possibly try putting something like 4 plants in each one. They take a lot of soil/compost to fill though, and are pretty much impossible to move once full (I grew potatoes in 3 of them last year).
  • Sorry all the containers are about 60cm tall. The planting area is 30x30cm. Sorry for the poor measurements! It was early and I was tired 😂😴. They are still big pots. They ate up at least a full bag of compost.
    Happy Gardening
  • I think I'd need a crane to lift a 1.5m pot 😆🙃
    Happy Gardening
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