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Maize (Zea mays)

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Name: Maize, Corn (Zea mays)

Description: Maize is a highly versatile crop of the family of true grasses. It was first domesticated in the Mesoamerican realm around 2700 BC and later introduced into the European area. It is still a valuable staple food in the south American countries and other parts of the world.

A matured ear of corn.

Size: Domesticated species of Corn grow to a height of 2 - 2.5 metres under favourable conditions. Some wild species can reach heights of over 10 metres, however these have little or no fruits.

Conditions: Zea mays is best cultivated in rich, slightly alkaline soil. It requires a well-moistened soil and a constant exposure to sun. If it dries out during the flowering stage the fruit is likely to be of quite stunted appearance.

A somewhat damaged specimen, due to transplanting by a quite careless gardener (that being myself).

Propagation: Maize propagates via pollen from the mature tassel. In domesticated environments it is usually grown from seed.

A maturing tassel on a corn plant.

When to plant: It is recommended in temperate zones to plant a new crop in the early stages of spring after the last frost. In warmer regions one can plant them most all year around.

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