Corn - Too Soon, Too Short?

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  1. SeanLI

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    The Silver Queen corn I planted has been slow going. It doesn't get enough sun**, I planted too soon, etc.

    They do not grow fast because if the shady yard. Water and drainage are not an issues.

    The issue: tassels seem to be coming out on my earliest plantings. However, the plants are well under one meter tall. Barely over 2 feet or so.

    What is the prognosis here? Is the plant doomed?

    **I have very limited space to plant vegetables. I had to find little spots that get 3-6 hours of sun and hope for the best.

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    That doesn't look like corn . It looks like what comes out the top of the stalk. When I planted corn, the ears came out between the stalk and the long leaves.
    Someone give advice, quickly!
     
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    Those are the tassels, GP. The male flowers. Those corn plants do look young to be tasseling like that. Are your plants stressed?
     
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    Not sure how they'd be stressed. I fear over-watering and over-fertilizing would be my worry. I went a bit nuts nursing these things.

    Again, they do not get a tremendous amount of sun.

    They're not "young". I planted these in seed trays in early May and grew them indoors till it got warm out. Then we had a few sub-50 degree F nights along the way.

    Its no big deal, either way. This is a "learning" year. I wasn't optimistic I would get enough sun per day to grow the corn, but I didn't expect this.

    Then again, I wasn't sure what to expect ;-)

    I am just hoping this is the result of too early a planting, too many cold nights and not enough sun.

    Meaning: my later corn plantings might still have a shot.
     
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    Sean, I like your thinking. So the plants are plenty old enough to tassel; the issue is they are short. I don't have a lot of experience growing corn. I'm sure there are other gardeners on this site who do.
    Fingers crossed for your later plantings.

    BTW, (I'm sure you thought of this, but I can't help myself), you have checked your seed packet for the height of the plants?
     
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    From what I see it looks like a fertilizer issue and a pollination problem !
    What have you fertilized with ?
     
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    I've used blood meal and bone meal to fertilize. I have problems with critters nibbling on shoots and young plants. So I opted for bone and blood meal would fertilize and hopefully scare off the rabbits and squirrels.
     
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    Silver Queen sweet corn will grow 7+ feet tall.
     
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    They will continue to grow and the female flowers will come soon. At least that is what I think.
     
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    Does corn usually tassel at this size? I have only one experience with growing corn/ I'm not an expert.
     
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    How many plants do you have ?
     
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    It is usually bigger when it starts to tassel, but they will continue to grow.
     
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    I grew one row of corn a few years ago.
    I seem to recall it was much taller when it tasseled.
     
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    Sorry for the belated reply.

    Thanks for all of your help and feedback!

    I had a few separate patches and rows from 4-20 corn plants scattered throughout the yard. The intent was to manually pollinate from one plant to the next.

    However, I am just getting thes tasseling runts at 2-4 feet tall in all but one spot that I had planted.

    The plan now is to dispose of those runts, and instead transplant a few tomato plants in some of those spots. I am fairly sure there is enough sun for tomatoes, if not corn.

    Its a larnin' year :)
     
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    One of my mutant runts suddenly burst out some silks today.

    Should I give the silks another day before I pull my bag off my biggest tassle and manually pollinate?

    Do silks keep getting bigger day by day?

    Or is a silk as big as it will ever get once it "flowers"?

    Thanks again!

    EDIT- Holy moley, I am embarassed thatI made as many typos as I had originally posted...
     
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