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There were weird things happening with the heritage variety I've grown - Golden Bantam perhaps - kernels appearing in the oddest places.
There's this variety. Grows up to 6 cobs per plant.
Sweet Corn Baby - Pop F1
From what I've read about commercial corn production, it's synthetic all the way.
Some of the tassels have developed into tiny kernels of corn. Very interesting. I'll have a look tomorrow afternoon to see if I can spot any "babies". Thanks for the tip.
If you look about your plants, there could be 1 or 2 more immature cobs lower than the ripening ones. They cook up well as baby corn - that's all the canned stuff is anyway except that it's specifically grown for that result. A huge quantity of leaves to make such tiny fruits. I hope the growers are into composting.
The rain has certainly helped. The corn stalks are almost as tall as the eaves. I still snip the tassels off and hand brush over the silks, just to be sure. This extra bit of effort guarantees that the cobs will be close to 100% filled.
I've seen a variety that produces up to 4 cobs but these are grown for their "baby corn". I tried looking for them but no luck so far.
Oh yes, I do remember reading about heaping up soil around the peg roots. From what I've experienced with Corn, keeping up the water is vital. With the wicking beds now being always damp I've had the best cobs ever. Not as big as shop ones but bigger than anything in the past and totally pollinated without any help from me. These were probably hybrids bought as commercial seedlings and 2-3 in each hole.
Using charcoal and heaping soil over the exposed roots as the plant grows. This bed isn't particularly fertile so there must be some truth to his technique. The interesting thing though is that this time both cobs are relatively large, whereas in the past the 2nd cob (if there were any) was always underdeveloped.
What did Peter Cundall suggest? 2 cobs seems to be the best we can manage, don't know about commercial growers.
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