Vegetables and Fruit forum: The corn cobs went , pffffft ??

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Name: Marilynne Stephenson
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MarilynneS
Aug 9, 2016 8:00 AM CST
Hi ..

We planted corn again this year as last years was so great.
Well .. the stalks grew, the pale tassels came, then they darkened, I assume that means 'good to go', BUT, the cobs are very small ..

Kinda feel we should eat them small as opposed to leaving them too long ?

We are in 3a, NorthWestern Ontario ..

Any suggestions, greatly appreciated :-)

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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Aug 9, 2016 12:48 PM CST
As one who once was said to have a green thumb, especially with corn and then found I was more like all thumbs growing things, I feel your pain.

What variety did you plant
'When did you plant
'What layout did you use for planting
'Did you partially open a cob to see how well developed they were?
Silk can darken days before the corn is really ready.
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tveguy3
Aug 9, 2016 1:29 PM CST
I usually hand pollinate corn just to make sure I get full ears. You can feel the kernels trough the husk if you squeeze them a bit. Or you can partly open them like RpR suggested. Knowing the length of the growing period for the corn can help you to know when they are close to harvest. Smiling
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 12, 2016 8:54 PM CST
What variety did you plant
When did you plant
What layout did you use for planting

Marilynne, I was going to ask these same questions....

do you know the "days to maturity" for your variety? Although not set in stone, especially for us northerners, it seems, that will give you an idea of when you should expect it to be ready to harvest. This actually seems early to me for any kind of sweet corn that I've ever grown, so maybe you just need to wait a while.
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Name: Marilynne Stephenson
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MarilynneS
Aug 14, 2016 5:55 AM CST
It was peaches and cream .. 3 plants to a hill .. they look beautiful, and, as we have now had RAIN, I do think they will be filling out more .. I think DH jumped the gun on picking the cobs ..

Will try for a pic today, but, the blueberries ae in and I am making pies .. thank heaven we are out of the HOT spell !!!


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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 14, 2016 8:30 AM CST
Amen to that!! Thumbs up
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Aug 22, 2016 2:05 PM CST
Hi again Marilynne 😎. If i was rich. I'd fly up. Gest to taste some of you pies. Ohh! Makin my mouth water !!!πŸ˜›
Its still hot hear 100+ or - . butt its Fresno!
Glad you cooled off. Ohh !!! Back on task. Opps ! πŸ™Š!!! CORN !#!!!! Never heard of plantin corn in hills? How close are the hills and how many ? A pic too.πŸ‘ΉARR!
When i grow corn. I've found the best time to pick is when the silks dry/brown almost to the husks.and you can see about one quarter inch of green silk between dry/brown silk and end of husk. If the silk is dry/brown up to the husk! It will be overripe and good for dim ol cows.hogs. chickens! Or.🐴🐴🐴neeee !!!
This works for me at the store to.
I dont know how close your corn is !
But corn needs to be planted in at least
A 4 foot square block.for good pollination.
This is my knowledge and experince in Fresno. No isults intended. I have over 35yrs eperence and still fun into trouble problems !#!!!!! 😎😎😎
Name: Marilynne Stephenson
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MarilynneS
Aug 23, 2016 4:35 AM CST
Well .. the corn is GOOD, a titch starchy, and, small, but GOOD Thumbs up

I think we will re think the planting method next year .. a nearby farmer plants his 3 to a hill .. but, he's planting 'cattle corn'.

Anyway .. all the advice was wonderful .. now, onward to APPLES :-)

THANK YOU Group hug to everyone Smiling

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~M~
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RpR
Aug 23, 2016 1:34 PM CST
Hilling is planting a cluster of seeds together in cirlce and then thinning to only the strongest plants.

Recommended space between hills is three feetr

I have tried it and never found better than standard rows though it can help prevent lodging some times.

It worked best if the diameter of the hill circle was wider.

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