|Close up on leaves of Japanese Striped Maize.|
Whenever I need some plant therapy in the winter I cruise through the seed aisles in the local gardening stores. This past winter I happened upon some seeds for Japonica Striped Maize. I had seen them before online, but had never seen them locally. I don't have room for growing corn of any kind, but the foliage on this corn really drew me in. So I decided to buy the seeds to see if I could grow them in my containers. I always like to put a tall focal point plant in the center, so why not try striped corn. If it worked I would even have my very own popcorn come fall. The seed packet said it did not recommend starting them indoors, but I decided to try starting half of the packet indoors and had great success with them. I planted them in the middle of two of my planters, and I am really happy with the results. I even noticed today that I have little ears of corn starting on my plants (I hand pollenated them, just to make sure).
|Corn in one of my planters.|
|Corn in another planter.|
|Tassels developing on corn.|
|Ear forming on corn.|
|Further view of corn growing in planters.|
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