I read some posts about growing corn in containers and since this year is all about experimenting, I figured why not. It's just my boys and me so even if we get 3 ears of corn, it will be fun and any more than that would be aweseome. Besides, it makes my neighbors think I'm crazy because I'm growing corn in rubbermaid in the middle of suburbia! :) I have a 30-gal rubbermaid and I think about 15 stalks growing in there. They're a little above waist-high right now.
I filled the container with half MG potting soil and half Black Kow, mixed it up pretty well, then watered. The next day I planted the seeds about an inch down and they sprouted a few days later.
The thing is, now I think the soil has settled a lot, splashed out (it's GA where we go weeks without rain and then get a DOWNPOUR all at once), whatever. I thought these stalks would get stronger as they grew, and they do look healthy and sturdy, but if you look at them wrong they fall over. On a couple of them, I can actually see the roots peeking out of the top of the soil (I pulled one up about two weeks ago and was shocked at how deep the roots went though). Every time the wind blows, they're completely sideways. I usually panic and try to stand them back up but if I don't, they eventually stand up on their own..mostly.
I've tried to kind of mound the soil up around the base of the stalks that keep flopping over the worst but that hasn't helped too much.
So what I'm wondering is is this just normal for the stage of the development they're in? Will they correct themselves? Or should I add some more soil to the box to give the bases more support? The top of the soil is now about 3" below the top of the container so there's plenty of room to add 1-2". Will that make matters worse if I bury the bottoms of the stalks? Should I add soil or something like Black Kow (or something else)? I have a tendency to "fix" things to death so I'm trying to make myself leave them alone but it's driving me crazy!