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Name: rondon burns
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donpatburn
Oct 12, 2015 10:01 AM CST
hi my sweet corn has 10inch kernels but all through the growing they have not had any silk hanging out of the ends
so i don't know when they or if they will be ready or edible.
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 12, 2015 10:27 AM CST
Hi, and welcome. Welcome!

I'm guessing you mean that the cobs are 10in. long? Ten inch kernels would be really amazing. Sometimes you can tell if the kernels are formed inside by just feeling the cob. If it feels full and firm and a little bumpy, things should be good.

Otherwise, as it's getting pretty late in the season, I'd simply harvest one and see if you have edible corn in there or not. Something might have been eating the silk off the ends, or it may be a variety with very short silk. But the silk is the 'tube' that pollinates the kernels so not sure what you'll find until you unwrap one.

Maybe you could take a peek, by tearing a small opening in the husk at the tip (go for the fattest cob) to see if there are good kernels in there. If they are not mature yet, you can close up the tear with a piece of sticky tape.
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Weedwhacker
Oct 13, 2015 8:22 AM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants, @donpatburn !

I agree with what Elaine said, the only real way to know is to take a look... hopefully you will find a nice ear of corn inside!
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Name: rondon burns
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donpatburn
Oct 13, 2015 10:53 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:Welcome to All Things Plants, @donpatburn !

I agree with what Elaine said, the only real way to know is to take a look... hopefully you will find a nice ear of corn inside!


picked one this morning it was only 6in there where plenty of silk but it was inside i must say it tasted great. Thumbs up

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