Corn for a Short Season - Knowledgebase Question

Juneau, AK
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Question by hpasser
March 5, 1998
I've set aside a sunny spot in my garden to try to grow sweet corn, but we have a cool and short summer here in Juneau. Most of the corn I've seen here is short when it tassles. What do you recommend?

Answer from NGA
March 5, 1998
It can be a challenge to grow heat- and sun-loving corn in regions with short growing seasons or where summers are cool. There are a few varieties that will mature in as few as 65 days, but they still require warm soil and lots of sunshine. You can improve your chances for a crop by pre-warming your soil with a black plastic or IRT (infra-red transmitting) mulch, and planting in a humus-rich, well-drained soil. If you plant your corn in blocks, rather than rows, you'll get better pollination. Pollen falls from the tassles down onto the silks, and if a pollen grain reaches each of the silk strands, the ears of corn will be full of kernels.

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