Zone 10 Sweet Corn and Other August Planting

thowell01July 31, 2010

We just cleared out an additional three 4x4 raised beds. Is it too late to plant sweet corn in zone 10 (Southern California)? Also, the garden stores around here still have cucumber, zucchini, and pepper seedlings. Will I still get a crop out of those if I plant them this weekend?

We've had lots of tomatoes, and I have some watermelon that should be ready soon. What else can I do this summer?

--TWH

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sandhill_farms(10 NV)

I'll be planting corn from today all the way until the second week of September (I live in Southern Nevada outside of Las Vegas). You should be able to get a crop of corn if you plant them this weekend.

Greg
Nevada

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 8:29AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I've planted as late as Aug 11 last year. The corn does seem to get smaller as it is planted later. It tasseled with about two less leaves. I believe this is in response to shorter days. Greg, I'm wondering if you've seen this with your late plantings? In zone 10 I'd plant a corn that gets some size to counteract the day length effect.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 9:10AM
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rnewste(8b NorCal)

I am just starting my second planting of the Season now. Two separate areas for Mirai 308 and a space away for Xtra-Tender 270A. I am up in the San Jose area where for the next 3 months, we have our warmest temps of the year.

Raybo

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 11:24AM
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sandhill_farms(10 NV)

fruitnut - Yes because of the shorter day length my plants will be a little shorter but by how much I really don't know. I haven't really paid attention. We have really good luck with fall plantings of corn and many other vegetables, if fact fall - winter and spring are busy times around here.

Greg
Nevada

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 11:25AM
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thowell01

Well, after a trip to the nursery, I decided to plant Early Sunglow. It doesn't sound like the most interesting option, and the ears are small, but it is supposed to be ready to harvest in 63 days. I would have rather gone with one of the other, larger varieties, but I might have missed the harvest due to travel.

I planted a 4x4 block. I hope it does well. =)

--TWH

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 7:02PM
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sandhill_farms(10 NV)

Good luck to you TWH, I'm sure that everything will turn-out fine. There's not much better than home grown corn picked fresh and thrown in the pot.

Greg
Nevada

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 9:23PM
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thowell01

I'm now 3.5 weeks in to my corn. Unfortunately, out of the 16 squares that I planted, only 11 came up. I'm surprised that I ended up with so many empty squares; I planted three seeds per square. I'm concerned that I will have problems with pollination. Is there anything I can do to ensure that the 11 plants are pollinated well and produce full ears? Here's a diagram that shows the layout. Xs are squares with a viable plant; Os are empty

XOXX
XXOX
XXOX
XXOO

Thanks in advance,

--TWH

    Bookmark   August 25, 2010 at 8:56PM
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