Corn - Knowledgebase Question

Downingtown, PA
Question by CPennypack
December 28, 1997
I have purchased a Sh2 type corn and an Indian type ornamental field corn to plant this season. My garden is approx. 50x50. Can I plant the sweet corn with the Indian corn?


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Answer from NGA
December 28, 1997

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It's not a good idea to plant different varieties of corn near each other. Corn is wind-pollinated and pollen from one plant will affect the characteristics of the other. If possible, plant each variety in a block of its own at different ends of the garden to keep the pollen from traveling from one stand of corn to the other.

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