RE: [gardeners] Corn is falling over

Seyfried,Alice (
Mon, 29 Jun 1998 15:48:53 -0400

Every day for a week??!!  Oh, what have I gotten myself into?  I was
hoping that I had enough that I wouldn't have to worry about it.  Do you
mean pollinate ALL the ears 7 TIMES?  Do you realize I work full time,
have 2 toddlers and a husband who's never home?  Can I use the pollen
from the same plant as the ears?  Why do they call them ears, anyway?


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Kay Lancaster []
> Sent:	Monday, June 29, 1998 3:25 PM
> To:	''
> Subject:	RE: [gardeners] Corn is falling over
> 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)