corn question

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    cuatro-gatos In Flower

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    I have a small patch of Peaches and Cream corn, only about a dozen plants.
    Several of them have developed tassels, but the stalks are only about a foot
    or so tall, and the cobs have not even started to develop yet.
    Would it be a good idea to perhaps wrap a plastic sandwich bag around the
    tassels to save the pollen? Does anyone else have this problem?
     
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    mart Hardy Maple

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    thats the corn we grew,, best flavor of all ! but it sounds like you planted late and didnt fertilize well !
    we would have been finished with harvesting and feeding the remainder to the horses by now! details ?
    no to the plastic bag,, the tassels need wind to move the pollen or none will develop.
     
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    I am totally with Mart on this one.

    Maybe you planted too late, or maybe not--with the weather conditions this year who can say for sure. We here have all had some stunted growth veggies this year. I think that our problem was weather - related though.

    I realize what you would like to do with bagging the tassels; however, the tassels with pollen could well rot in plastic bags with heat and condensation. I would be wary of that.

    The corn may not work for you this year...my fingers are crossed for you though, mate.

    addendum: I had very stunty plants 2-3 years ago now, and they did produce cobs, but only one per plant that was edible. The plants then only got to be a little taller than my knees. I have not tried corn since...we have rats that tend to ruin the ears as well.
     
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    mart Hardy Maple

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    Corn requires regular fertilizer and mid way with ammonium nitrate which helps it retain water among other things ! We planted ours early and by late June or early July depending on the weather we were picking corn ! You can figure about 80 to 90 days to harvest !
    One thing I didn`t take into account when I posted was your location,, So Cal ! So you should be able to grow most any time of the year except dead winter !
    When did you plant this corn ? At a foot tall you need to fertilize and water it in ! Just make a small trench about 4 to 6 inches away from the root on one side apply about 1/3 cup of 13-13-13 per plant sprinkled in the trench ! Then water ! When about 3 to 4 feet tall apply ammonium nitrate by side dressing same way ! We use a tractor and bring a bit of soil over the roots of the plant at that time ! They call it "laying corn by" ! We could have fed half the county with what we grew ! And did feed most of our neighbors ! You likely will have a few ear worms as we all do,, just remove that part,, rest is fine !
     
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    cuatro-gatos In Flower

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    Thank you all for your input. I water every other day, sometimes every day if temps are over 90 degrees. I'll give them a shot of fertilizer today.
    This is my second batch of corn this summer, I have a third one coming up behind this one (Silver Queen).
    Hope to see cobs form on the larger plants soon.
     
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    Be sure and apply fertilizer before watering ! Otherwise it does no good ! What fertilizer are you using ?
     
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    cuatro-gatos In Flower

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    This may not be the correct fertilizer, but I applied a commercial brand of composted chicken manure.
    So we will see how the plants like it. Thank you again for all your input.
     
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    I do not think that fertilizer will do the trick but ,,,wait and see !
     

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