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Post  Fiz on 7/29/2017, 6:46 pm

I also harvested a couple of ears today. Unfortunately when I kept peeking, I was only looking at the top which didn't get pollinated, and I thought the corn just hadn't finished filling out yet. Turns out it was ready a while ago. It wasn't sweet and was very sticky on the teeth which I understand means it is past its prime. But I grilled it up and it was still enjoyable nonetheless!


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Post  countrynaturals on 8/1/2017, 7:14 pm

@sanderson wrote:Picked 4 ears of Silver Queen with a total of 7 plump kernels.  rofl  Next year I will have a support frame in place so the tassels won't be on the ground. Very Happy
I had one ear so far, but it only had a few kernels. Next year I'll plant twice as much and hopefully get much better pollination. Rolling Eyes
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Post  SwampTroll on 8/2/2017, 1:02 pm

I have absolutely beautiful stalks.   Not a single ear to be seen.
If I do corn again next year, I may have to hand pollinate.

When doing the Three Sisters, plant the corn and squash at the same time.
Also make sure you have proper pole beans, then plant extra beans elsewhere.
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Post  Abiqua Ike on 8/2/2017, 6:46 pm

One of the things you have to remember is that corn is wind pollinated so they need to be in blocks to counter shifting wind patterns. I always figured the minimum for corn was nine hills in a 3 X 3 grid on 3' centers. Single rows don't work because most of the pollen misses a target.
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Post  SwampTroll on 8/3/2017, 4:08 pm

@Abiqua Ike wrote:One of the things you have to remember is that corn is wind pollinated so they need to be in blocks to counter shifting wind patterns. I always figured the minimum for corn was nine hills in a 3 X 3 grid on 3' centers. Single rows don't work because most of the pollen misses a target
Mine's growing in a 3x4 plot and just ain't working so far.  I thought about hand pollinating, but I decided to let it do it's thing naturally.  I see now that I shouldn't have allowed that to happen.

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Post  Abiqua Ike on 8/3/2017, 6:51 pm

If that is a 3' X 4' plot, it is probably too tight and the pollen is missing the target (the silk in the leaf axil). What I suggest is a 9' X 9' plot. And you can do things in between like the Three Sisters.
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/6/2017, 12:15 pm

What's wrong with my corn? It was planted on top of the ground, in aged horse manure, surrounded by aged wood chips. It started out great, then just stopped growing. There are a few puny ears forming, but everything has slowed to a crawl. Here's what it looked like a month ago.



Here's what it looks like now.

This morning I put a handful of homemade compost at the base of each plant. If that's the right idea, but insufficient, I can do it again tomorrow and the next day. I have some organic fertilizer, but I think I read somewhere that it's too late for that. Maybe it's already too late for anything at all. Sad Help!
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Re: growing corn

Post  Turan on 8/6/2017, 12:20 pm

Suz, You should be picking any ears formed. Corn doesn't do a second growth after it tassles. What variety did you plant? With your heat it wouldn't be a surprise if it finished earlier than its stated days to harvest.

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Post  countrynaturals on 8/7/2017, 1:11 am

@Turan wrote:Suz, You should be picking any ears formed.  Corn doesn't do a second growth after it tassles.  What variety did you plant? With your heat it wouldn't be a surprise if it finished earlier than its stated days to harvest.
The variety is Early Xtra Sweet hybrid. It says 71 days til harvest. Planted around the middle of May. It's already past its time and only about 4 plants have ears and those aren't fully formed. It just seems to have stopped dead. Sad
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Post  Turan on 8/7/2017, 11:19 am

It is past time to pull it out then and add it to the mulch. Corn stops growing soon after flowering. THe stalling that you see is the natural curve of its life cycle. You have the long season to add compost/manure and replant for a second crop.


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Post  countrynaturals on 8/7/2017, 12:48 pm

@Turan wrote:It is past time to pull it out then and add it to the mulch.  Corn stops growing soon after flowering.  THe stalling that you see is the natural curve of its life cycle. You have the long season to add compost/manure and replant for a second crop.  

Oh my goodness - you're right. I could actually replant corn and get it in this year. I was going to plant limas next to the corn stalks. Now I have to actually think and make a decision. AARRGGHH!!!!!
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Post  countrynaturals on 8/8/2017, 9:52 am

@countrynaturals wrote:
@Turan wrote:It is past time to pull it out then and add it to the mulch.  Corn stops growing soon after flowering.  THe stalling that you see is the natural curve of its life cycle. You have the long season to add compost/manure and replant for a second crop.  

Oh my goodness - you're right. I could actually replant corn and get it in this year. I was going to plant limas next to the corn stalks. Now I have to actually think and make a decision. AARRGGHH!!!!!
Replanted seeds in Jiffy Pellets last night. Cool
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Post  sanderson on 8/8/2017, 3:19 pm

Suz, what about cutting off the stalks and direct seeding in between them? No need to start in Jiffy Pellets, just direct sow in this heat.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/8/2017, 6:47 pm

Is there such a thing as "too hot" to grow corn?  Mine was doing quite well while I was in the hospital and after-care (three weeks), but growth halted.  Also, tassels are producing seed, but I don't yet see any evidence of baby corncobs.

There WERE a couple of gigantic geysers from my drip irrigation system that may have interfered with pollen distribution.

It's a 4' x 4', planted four per square foot.
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