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I'm Disappointed!!!

Category: Sweet Corn | Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:02 am

Yesterday evening (actually it was day before yesterday, had some technical problem) we had beautiful weather, the sun was out and it wasn't hot. The breeze was cool and really pleasant making me feel as though I was in the highlands. Had not had this kind of pleasurable weather for such a real long time and was picture perfect for me to be in the mini farm.

Super mini corn field!!! ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

The silk of the corn was already brown and from my previous experience I guess it is time for the picking.

Maturity sign ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

Some of the corns had their kernels exposed at the top ….. hmmm???

Exposed kernels ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

The ears were small …. I've small but meaty hands 10.5cm across 18cm from the tip of the middle finger to the base of the palm, short fingers too!!!

Small ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

hand ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

Those ears that were completely close did not have kernels on top of its cob…… mmmm???

Open, close ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

Almost all the plants had two ears at least with some having four but only one is almost fully formed.

kerneless ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

On the whole out of 18plants I only got 15 edible pathetic ears.

All the harvest ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

After having done shucking the corns, I was pleasantly rewarded with this beautiful sight which is a delight to see. A short while later it started to rain.

rainbow of hope ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

Becky had the corns steamed almost immediately after I brought them into the house and we had them for dinner. The final verdict ….. YUCKS!!! It tasted like corn starch!!! Guess this is not my kind of corn.

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carolyn keiper wrote on Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:31 am:

Actually, it sounds like you left it too late to pick. That is what it usually tastes like if it was past the sugar stage. It changes to starch...yuck. try it again. As soon as the silk is dry, carefully peel back a little bit of the husk and pop a kernel with your thumb nail and if it squirts it is ripe if it dents it is past the ripe stage.


Frank wrote on Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:35 pm:

That's a real shame KK. At least you got the rainbow!


glendann wrote on Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:36 pm:

SOOOOO sorry KK.Its a shame you tried so hard. Do try it again.


KK Ng wrote on Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:33 am:

Oh I see, thanks for the explanation Carolyn, I'll do just that the next time.

You are right Frank!!!

Glendann, I definitely will.

carolyn keiper wrote on Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:12 am:

KK, I forgot to add, I think you had decent pollination for as small as your patch was, too. The ear that had no corn on it is precisely why it is best to take off the suckers at the bottom. they just don't "help" the plant/crop at all.

mart wrote on Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:48 am:

I think he did take the suckers off Carolyn. Do you remember what variety of corn it was ? My grandad used to raise field corn or yellow dent as we called it. When a few got too old for boiling he roasted it in the oven in a little oil till lightly toasted and chewy . Salt lightly and made for some pretty good snacking.

mart wrote on Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:50 am:

Did you use seed corn ??


KK Ng wrote on Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:40 am:

Thanks Carolyn, like Mart mentioned I did remove the suckers ... maybe I should remove the extra ears too.

The variety is the "Golden Cross Bantam Hybrid" and we did add salt and butter to it after the first bite. Thanks Mart, maybe we should roasted them instead of steaming.
Mart, errr ... sorry I do not know what you mean!

mart wrote on Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:32 am:

I think the problem is the variety. The Bantam Hybrids are short stubby ears. I know they say larger but every time I tried a bantam hybrid I had the same problem you had. Next try a regular size hybrid, not a bantam type.
What I asked above was if it was seed corn that you bought or was it seed that you saved from some you grew.


KK Ng wrote on Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:43 am:

Thanks for the infor Mart and I think I'll go with the same variety that I had success before I planted this.


Green Fingers wrote on Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:02 pm:

KK, they say you should plant corn in couple of small rows instead of one big row and close together for cross pollination (I had planted 9" apart last year). My corn ears were not huge but full of kernels. I agree with Carolyn, you need to harvest as soon as the silk appears to 100% dry and dark brown for the fresh sweet taste. Good luck next season and happy gardening!


KK Ng wrote on Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:36 am:

Thanks Green Finger

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