wind blown corn? & parsley stalks - Knowledgebase Question

lanesboro, Ma
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Question by donson616
July 23, 2010
6 ft corn stalks blown down by wind, some broke most ok.leave? or try to prop up??next question, Straight/Italian Parsley grows center stalks/seedy, WHY?

Answer from NGA
July 23, 2010
What you describe with your corn is called lodging and if the stalk is not broken, the corn will develop as usual. If you can stake the plants upright without further damaging the stalks or breaking the roots, go ahead and do so. If you think you may cause more damage when trying to pull them upright, just leave them alone. The flower stalks that are developing in your parsley should be snipped off as soon as you see them beginning to develop. The process is called bolting and is the result of hot summer weather and plant maturity. At this point you can allow it to go to seed, collect the seeds and plant them, or you can try to cut off the flowering stalk and continue to harvest your parsley. Best wishes with your garden!

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