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Grown from seedling this time - label just said "Sweet Corn". There was a lack of pollen same as the last lot I grew from seed.
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I think it was two punnets of seedlings from memory Tracy. The majority of them grew quite strongly - there's always a few that don't. There was a little more crop than this - some got eaten on the spot.
These were certainly tasty and didn't go to waste, but it's becoming apparent that I am wasting space planting them in winter when I could be growing something more productive in the same area.
How many did you plant Lissa?
Growing all year around is an experiment, so time to look back at past diary blogs.
Feels like forever but winter of 2010 is the first time I grew veg including winter corn. Below are the entries from my blogs for both winters.
2010 is woefully short on information. The mere fact that I didn't put in a pic or further info suggests that the winter crop of corn wasn't great.
Last winters crop wasn't dreadful but not perfect either. Seems like I may have to accept that even here in Brisbane I can't grow good corn in winter.
Below 05/06/11- Winter corn crop - F1 seedlings from the markets.
I plan on growing corn all year round and this has been the worst crop, with poorly pollinated kernals. Could be due to rain washing away the pollens or me missing the exact day for shaking.
12/06/10 Bed 2 - the corn is starting to silk up.
There are pollen eating insects - beetles and such. You would have seen them though.
Unlike most plants, corn is a C4 metabolism plant - it definitely does much better in heat and humidity, although it can still grow in normal conditions like standard C3 plants. Maybe it's just not happy.
Also poor pollen set in inbred heirloom varieties is a possibility.
I'll have to have a google when i get a chance now ;)
Neither strong wind and certainly not heavy rain (sadly) around pollination time.
I'm always very attentive around pollen time and check the plants a couple of times a day. There was no pollen to see - certainly not the cloud of pollen I usually get.
The lot before this was grown from seed (on special in a discount store but still in date) and didn't pollen up either.
I have some Golden Bantam seed in this time around. If I don't get pollen for a third time....I'll have to start hunting for some bigger reason.
very heavy rain or strong wind at pollination time will ruin pollination - could be that? you still get some, from the early and late pollen, but if you're unlucky and lose the main pollen load there's not much left. strong wind wouldn't be such an issue in a big field of corn. rain still would be i expect.
Lots of lovely plant food in the beds, can't think that is the problem. I have been experimenting with growing them all year round. While they grow a little slower in winter I've still had good crop. Will have to go back and check my other blogs on this to be sure.
I had problems with last summers crop as well Jane so can't point the finger specifically at the season.
even here in CQ my sweet corn is only just up - are you perhaps trying to grow them at the wrong time of year, they really are a summer crop then I rarely have trouble with polination. Also they are really heavy feeders.
No doubt the commercial growers have lots of seconds that they don't sell. A lot like commercial egg growers. At least these are sweet and home grown. The dogs got their share of the worst ones and were happy.
I do wonder how the commercial growers get such perfectly-pollinated cobs. Growing in a block does help - sometimes I hand pollinate and get sketchy pollination sometimes I leave them to do their own thing and get either poor or perfect. Hard to fathom to reproduce the good results.
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