RE: [gardeners] Corn is falling over

Kay Lancaster (
Mon, 29 Jun 1998 12:24:51 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 29 Jun 1998, Seyfried,Alice wrote:

> Thanks, Kay!  No, they haven't started tassling yet. They're about knee
> high right now.  I'll keep an eye on them and pray they straighten up on
> their own.  If they don't straighten up by the time they start tassling,
> I'm sure I'll be back to find out how to hand pollinate them.  My 4 year
> old is so excited to be growing corn (his favorite veggie and his first
> garden), I'll do anything to make sure these survive.

With a 5x12 block of plants, you'll need to hand pollinate anyway.  
When the silks start to emerge from the ears, find a tassel that's
starting to shed pollen.  Break off a bit of the tassel (a branch or
two), and "dust" the silks with the tassel, as if you were using
a feather duster.  Alternatively, you can put a paper bag over
a tassel, and hold the opening closed around the stalk.  Shake like
crazy to get pollen to shed into the bag, then use a paintbrush to
transfer pollen from the bag to the silks.  

Do pollinate every day for about a week -- you'll get nicely filled
ears that way.

Kay Lancaster
just west of Portland, OR; USDA zone 8 (polarfleece)