Silver Queen and Silver King corn questions

lsst(7b)March 1, 2010

My 93 year old grandmother has asked me to add Silver Queen corn to my garden this year. It is her favorite.

I also purchased some Silver King corn.

Can both of these be planted together?

Also, I read about adding a third corn so that I do not have to stagger my plantings.

What would you suggest as a third one? I assume it needs to be an early one?

I recall Silver Princess being mentioned but I have not found the seeds available locally.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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farmerdilla

Yes they can be planted together. Silver King is about about a week earlier ripening otherwise it is similar to pass for Silver Queen. I use Silver Princess as a second early and sometimes Silver Knight as an extra early. Silver Knight does have the taste of its later sisters but it as about as good as any 65 day corn. Twilley Seed in Hodges SC has all four of them.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 9:03PM
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lsst(7b)

Thanks farmerdilla!
I have been reading your posts and have learned alot.
Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 9:18PM
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lsst(7b)

Does Twilleys just sell wholesale or do they have a retail division?
Also, this may be a stupid question but when the first crop of corn is harvested, what do I do with the leftover stalks? Can I pull them up and use the space for more corn or other veggies?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 9:33PM
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farmerdilla

Twilley retails, primarily to market gardeners, but they do sell in small packets. I turn the corn stalks into the ground and plant late peas or beans. Late corn may be followed with turnips , rutabagas, broccoli, etc. I use all crop vegetation as "green" manure.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 8:14AM
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golfer_2008(7)

Great pictures!
May I ask how you control corn ear worms in sweet corn? We have major damage in this area and sure would like to reduce it.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 8:55AM
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farmerdilla

I usually use Carbaryl. You can get reasonable control using a light agricultural oil, mineral oil or the like. Timing is crucial either way. Have tried Bt, but much less effective.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 2:27PM
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lsst(7b)

Farmerdilla,
How soon and how often do you spray with Carbaryl?
Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 6:14PM
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farmerdilla

I usually get by with once, Just as the ends of the silks begin to show sign of drying.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 7:15PM
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