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Post  GWN on 5/20/2012, 9:49 pm

I have just seen someone else post about it and now I have done a search and cannot find any details..
HOW do you grow baby corn. I am unable to eat regular corn, but could eat baby corn.
I have just learned about a whole new crop, I thought it was just an exotic plant I could not grow here.

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Re: how do you grow baby corn?

Post  dianamarie03 on 5/20/2012, 10:45 pm

This might be helpful? http://harvesttotable.com/2008/08/baby_corn/

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Post  littlejo on 5/20/2012, 10:52 pm

Gwn,

I have a neice that has krones disease and she can eat the baby corn, and can eat what is called shoe peg corn. I remember reading on this site a corn that makes a nice 'baby' corn' but could not find it just now. If you find the name of either, please let me know. Shoe peg corn is pretty good too. I never thought of growing her some corn til you asked about it. Jo



http://www.sandhillpreservation.com/catalog/corn.html

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/20/2012, 11:41 pm

Found some info on *baby corn* like the kind you eat from a salad bar Very Happy

http://ask.yahoo.com/20030203.html

*We had heard that this salad bar staple was called baby corn, so we searched on that term to figure out its origin. We soon discovered that those tiny corncobs aren't genetically mutated dwarf ears of corn -- they're just immature ears of regular corn* …..more info at link above

http://www.ehow.com/how_5754443_grow-baby-corn-greenhouse.html

*Every salad bar regular is familiar with these mysteriously tiny and sweet little ears. Believe it or not, baby corn is actually regular corn that is harvested early while the ears are tiny. Because this crop is so labor-intensive, requiring handpicking, it is not commonly a United States crop; rather, these tender morsels are the fruit of numerous Asian countries, including Thailand and Japan. For those states who cannot grow this delicious crop outdoors, it can be grown year-round in a greenhouse.*……………more info at link



sounds like all you have to do is grow some corn and pick it early Very Happy maybe we will try this and see how it taste......

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/20/2012, 11:48 pm

a little info on shoepeg corn Very Happy



http://www.tasteofhome.com/Cooking-Tips/Ask-the-Test-Kitchen/Shoepeg-Corn

*The term "shoepeg corn" dates back to before the American Civil War. The corn was named for its peg-like shape. Shoepeg has smaller kernels and is sweeter than yellow corn.*

http://www.recipetips.com/glossary-term/t--38062/shoepeg-corn.asp

*An heirloom variety of sweet corn with kernels tightly formed on the cob that do not grow in straight rows but irregular, jagged groupings. Named for the small wooden pegs that held shoe soles in place during the 1800's, Shoepeg Corn has small and narrow shaped kernels that are white in color, providing a slighter sweeter, milky flavor than the traditional yellow sweet corn kernels.*

this variety of corn is also known as Country Gentleman Corn.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/20/2012, 11:57 pm

[quote="dianamarie03"]This might be helpful? http://harvesttotable.com/2008/08/baby_corn/[/quote]

from above link Very Happy thanks!!

*Harvest your own. Pick baby corn 1 or 2 days after the silks emerge. The ideal ear will be 2 to 4 inches long and about ½ inches in diameter. Silking of corn ears occurs over a 2 to 4 week period on each plant. Harvest baby corn every 2 to 3 days during that time. If you want some ears on your corn plant to mature to full size, leave the ears at the top of the plant to gain maturity and harvest the ears below as baby corn.*

*Grow any variety of sweet or field corn for baby corn harvest. Some corn varieties are suited for baby corn harvest; these varieties never gain more than six feet in stature. Try ‘Little Indian’, ‘Baby’, ‘Golden Midget’ (butter yellow kernels), ‘Glacier’ (white kernels), ‘Miniature Hybrid’, ‘Baby Asian’, ‘Baby Blue’ (blue kernels), Bo Peep (‘pink kernels’), and ‘Strawberry Popcorn’.*

*The botanical name of baby corn is Zea mays.* ......cute I love you

who would of thought we could learn so much about corn :drunken: nothing better then home grown corn and taters.....i dont care that corn is cheap to buy....our own home grown corn is priceless!

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Post  littlejo on 5/21/2012, 7:49 am

Here is a real good article about baby corn. It's a pdf file from the pnw. Don't know what your weather is like, except cold. I've got some corn that is not going to make big ears, maybe this is a way to salvage it!

Jo

http://smallfarms.wsu.edu/publications/smallfarmsteam-west.html

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Post  GWN on 5/21/2012, 10:49 am

WELL WELL WELL..... DH has almost finished the irrigation system, and SO perhaps it is time to get going on these.
I cannot eat a lot of things because or a colitis I got from radiation treatment, and corn is a bad one.
But these baby corns sound fun'
Corn is grown here a lot, I am thinking I MIGHT be a bit late, but will go and get some seeds today.... OH KEN........are you busy Smile

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Post  littlejo on 6/9/2012, 12:02 am

GWN, I have been growing Silver Queen, which is a hybrid, and tried the bit of pulling the ears before they are fertilized. Well, it doesn't work, at least with hybrid corn. It puts out the silk, gets fertilized, then it makes the ears!



So, I started hunting for a corn that would make the baby corn ears. I found CHIRES variety. It puts up 3 to 5 stalks with 5 to 12 ears per stalk. Sounds sweet. If you leave the corn on the stalk to dry, makes a good popcorn too. Now to find a seed co. that has it in stock!

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Post  malefacter on 6/9/2012, 7:43 am

well i dont know if these are normal corn that you pick early or if it has more per stalk and maybe a smaller plant but the seeds are small for corn im doing an experiment with spacing doing 4 ,9 and 16 per sq

these seeds say there for baby corn but i dont know if there is somthing special about them
http://www.reimerseeds.com/baby-corn.aspx

maybe ill grow a sq to full maturity and see if i get full sized ears

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Post  littlejo on 6/9/2012, 9:26 am

I saw those on Reimers site but they didn't give variety or # of ears per stalk. Let us know how they do. Different articles say different things. I guess the only way to know for sure is for us to grow our own and report back!

good luck with yours.

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Post  GWN on 6/10/2012, 10:06 am

I am wondering if you can plant them quite late if you are going to pick them quite early.
I will have to see if there is anywhere in Canada I can get them. Thanks

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Post  malefacter on 6/10/2012, 11:19 am

they sproutd in 4 days and they claim you need 65 days to harvest

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Post  GWN on 6/10/2012, 12:12 pm

sounds doable......

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Post  littlejo on 6/10/2012, 12:40 pm

I don't know when your first frost is, but you have time to prepare! Maybe a teepee type hoop house(don't know how tall this corn get either) just some way to prevent the early frost from nipping the corn.

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Post  jakesebastin on 6/22/2012, 2:36 pm

For the grow of the baby corn indoor you need to have the nutrients and the perfect fertilizers. The grow lights will be necessarily when you grow indoor.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/8/2012, 3:49 pm

GWN .....i came across this video today and thought of you and growing baby corn......this lady grew some for Asian Stir- Fry & Salads.....she shows the corn and explains some about growing them....be sure to look in the comments below because someone ask where she got the seeds and she answers them...... Very Happy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAZ97_gzERw

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