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Mutant corn plant? Ears growing on stems away from central stalk

Posted by josh_brett none (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 16:23

Hello Everyone, I just joined the forums, and need your help figuring out what is going on with this corn plant.

This is my second year growing glass-gem corn, and all my other plants have grown normally, but this giant grew on top of my compost pile and does not look like any corn I have seen.

Instead of the ears being attached to the stalk, alternate stalks are growing from the leaf nodes (not regular tillers/suckers, these are not at ground level), and the ears are growing at the end of these, not attached to the side.

Sorry the picture isn't perfectly clear, but you can see the silk from 2 developing ears in it, and the stalks they are on connect to the main plant at each leaf node. There are 3 or 4 of these total, with another one starting to form at the bottom leaf node a few inches above the prop roots.

I have other pictures, but it looks like I can only have one per post.

Any ideas?

Any help is appreciated!

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RE: Mutant corn plant? Ears growing on stems away from central s

Very interesting... I just watched a documentary last week on Monsanto and their GMO corn.... apparently when gmo corn crosses with non-gmo corn the results can be mutated corn... and the result is what you have growing in your compost.... they referred to this as "trans-genic" corn.

I would pull it out and destroy it, as in burn it.

RE: Mutant corn plant? Ears growing on stems away from central s

I am going to see how it turns out. I am growing it more for decoration than eating (though it can be used as popcorn). I am the only one in the area with any vegetable garden, and last year I had 3 varieties. Glass gem, which is an heirloom variety, purchased from Native Seeds - a nonprofit in Arizona, and 2 varieties I likely got from Burpee and could have come from Monsanto - strawberry corn and caramel-krisp corn. The 3 varieties had staggered maturities and I didn't have any cross-breeding problems last year, though this plant sprung from a discarded ear from then. These are the only two years I have grown corn, though, so I wanted to make sure this was something unusual and not something that happens and I just hadn't seen before. The picture doesn't show it, but this plant also towers over all my other ones, even others that sprouted in the compost (lesson to self, careful what I toss in there).

If anyone else has any thoughts on this, or has seen it before, would be glad to hear it. I will post an update once I see how it turns out.

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