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I'm growing corn in my garden, and with the heavy wind/rain storm we had last week, my corn has fallen over. My dad's girlfriend suggested that I cut the stalks above the ears off, and that hasn't helped. Is there anything I can do besides digging in the dirt and replanting? Do they make holders for corn like they do tomatoes?
 

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You can stake corn, but surely you can't be too far from harvest yet?
 

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(Corn): <i>We've fallen... and we can't get up!!!</i><br><br>
(Sorry... couldn't resist...)<br><br>
When some of my corn topples, I usually prop it up and re-arrange some of the soil around the base. Some gardening books recommend heaping the soil up a bit around the base of the corn to give it extra support, I think...
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>IamJen</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3010386"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
You can stake corn, but surely you can't be too far from harvest yet?</div>
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I'm not sure how far from harvest I am. It's still small, but this is my first time growing corn, so I'm not sure when to pick it.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tom</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3010414"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
(Corn): <i>We've fallen... and we can't get up!!!</i><br><br>
(Sorry... couldn't resist...)<br><br>
When some of my corn topples, I usually prop it up and re-arrange some of the soil around the base. Some gardening books recommend heaping the soil up a bit around the base of the corn to give it extra support, I think...</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> I saw that one coming. What do you prop it up with?
 

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I sort of heap the soil up around the base of the stalk more and pack it a bit. But I don't remember my corn ever being completely flattened... it was just sort of leaning over, and there must have been quite a few roots still anchoring the plants rather well.<br><br>
BTW, I sometimes have difficulty telling when corn is at the right age to pick, too! Wasn't a problem this year though- the weather sucked, and what little came up OK was savaged by a rabbit. Actually, I think my problem with the corn this year was that I planted it too thinly and it didn't pollinate itself very well.
 

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My corn isn't completely flattened, but it is leaning over.
 

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Is your corn recovering?
 

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Young corn should right itself. If you don't have too many, you can go and right them by patting the dirt down around them. That's what I do. Mounding them like Tom said will help. I have a friend who plants corn with potatoes so she remembers to mound them both. Putting those steel T-posts at the ends of the rows (or a couple down the row if they are long) and running some twine on the side they fell over on will help them from falling over in the future. I've seen people lightly weave two lengths of twine between each plant as well if your prevailing winds aren't usually the same during storms.
 

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Is your corn recovering?</div>
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I haven't had a chance to go out there and straighten it yet.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Young corn should right itself. If you don't have too many, you can go and right them by patting the dirt down around them. That's what I do. Mounding them like Tom said will help. I have a friend who plants corn with potatoes so she remembers to mound them both. Putting those steel T-posts at the ends of the rows (or a couple down the row if they are long) and running some twine on the side they fell over on will help them from falling over in the future. I've seen people lightly weave two lengths of twine between each plant as well if your prevailing winds aren't usually the same during storms.</div>
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I have maybe 5 or 6 corn stalks. How young? I planted it about 3 months ago...
 

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Ohhhh that's easy then. Just go play in the mud and pack them back in there! Mine fall over a couple times during the summer because we'll get rainy storms with lots of wind. They are pretty tuff.
 
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