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Maize

Zea spp.

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Also known as

Corn, Sweetcorn

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1m

1.5m

Min

40cm

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Maize Overview

The genus Zea has around 6 species in the grass family, Poaceae. These species are also known by the names maize, sweetcorn and Indian corn. These are typically annual plants, but some may be perennial and this genus includes important cereal crops. Originating from Central America, plants in this genus are often found in disturbed habitats, particularly along field margins. Flowers resemble tassels and lead onto fleshy kernels arranged on a cob. Foliage is lance-shaped and produced in arrangements of 2 ranks. Ornamental cultivars have been produced with variegated foliage and attractive multicoloured cobs.

How to propagate Maize

Seed

You can propagate from seed in spring or autumn.

Division

By division in autumn; however forms should be propagated by division only.

Other uses of Maize

Many cultivars are grown for 'Corn on the cob'.