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questions about corns.

Posted by preppyjock 8 (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 14, 12 at 15:14

1. once i harvest the corn, should i leave the plant growing? or should i cut it off right away?

2. i don't grow a lot of corns, so i usually wet my hands, and tried to pollinate them that way. i know about using the brush, but it seems to me that brush doesn't hold those pollen nicely, and will the dry pollen actually stick to the corn silks? so that is i use wet hands.

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RE: questions about corns.

1 Chop the corn up right away after harvest while it is still green and cuts easily.

2 You help pollinate corn by shaking the stalks when the silks first appear, those stalks will shed a cloud of fine dust during about 9 AM to 6 PM.

RE: questions about corns.


Corn pollen is dry and not supposed to stick to a brush or your wet hands. It is wind pollinated. And as such has dry light pollen grains. They will stick fine on the silk in a dry condition. No need to wet anything.

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