How to grow popcorn

How to grow popcorn: instructions and advice onpopcorn growingin the garden or in pots. Grow popcorn in the garden, on the terrace or on the balcony.

Last night, on the occasion of the Italy match, I had guests at home and in conjunction with the aperitif, I couldn't help but show off popcorn just popped. I made them the old way: a drizzle of oil in a pot and on the lid * (see notes on how to make popcorn at home)! I used a cob of corn harvest last month and everyone praised its sweetness. These popcorn they were really special and I'm not saying that because I made them with my own hands but because… they grew in my garden! Grow popcorn it's easy, you just need a little effort and you too can have your own sweet and special corn cobs.

The popcornHomemade is far tastier than what you are used to buying wrapped in the supermarket, it is sweeter, crisper and more fragrant. There is no comparison, so be prepared to eat only the best: the one produced by you!

I have grown a few corn plants in a minimum space: 1 x 2 m. The plants were relatively close together but I sowed a handful of seeds and waited to see what would happen. There sowing corn it took place last May in the open ground and in full sun and I brought forth the four most vigorous maize plants. I transferred the other two corn plants that looked promising to me in a pot and gave them to my mother, she too had her little harvest after a few months! If you are consideringgrow popcorn, rather than go into trouble as I did, better if you follow the canonical rules of corn cultivation. Good luck!

How to grow popcorn

Here's basics forgrow popcorn cornin the garden or in pots. Corn develops very slowly so it is advisable to make it germinate in a sheltered seedbed and then transfer it to the open field only when the plant is well developed. Alternatively it will be necessarysow popcornin the vegetable garden when temperatures are above 20 ° C.

  1. Therepopcorn growingneeds full sun exposure.
  2. Avoidgrow popcornin ventilated areas otherwise you will need to install a stake for each plant.
  3. A couple of months before sowing or planting, enrich the soil with mature manure or organic matter. Thepopcornit grows well in any soil but the cobs will be of better quality on fertile soil.
  4. The seeds should be buried at a depth of about 2-3 cm.
  5. If you prefer grow corn in advance, start a premierepopcorn growingwith sowing in biodegradable jars to germinate at home. You will be able to bury the seedlings in the open field when they are sufficiently developed.
  6. For sowing in the open field you will have to wait between the end of April and the beginning of May.

All the extra details onhow to grow popcornare available in the article:growing popcorn corn.

* How to make homemade popcorn

  1. Take a very large pot and add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Do not let the oil heat up, add the corn immediately.
  3. Put the lid on and wait for the popcorn to pop.
  4. When they stop popping, add some salt and mix well.

N.B. the oil will be used above all to make the popcorn greasy enough for the salt to adhere. If you make popcorn without oil you will be forced to eat it tasteless.

Have you already grown popcorn but don't know why your corn “doesn't pop”?
Before trying to prepare large quantities ofpopcorn, always try to pop a few kernels of corn as explained a few lines above. If thecornit doesn't pop and you can't make popcorn, maybe all is not lost! Before trying again, try soaking the corn cobs in water for a few days. Let them dry and try making homemade popcorn again. Popcorns are able to form thanks to the amount of moisture "trapped" in the corn grain, keeping them soaked will help the process.

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