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Time to harvest my corn on the cob.Difficult to open the sheath to check the colour of the cob inside as it is so thick.The plants are very healthy and grew well.Could it be the odd weather ?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,807

    Sounds normal to me image  Can we have a photo?

    As for colour of the kernels ... this can vary from one variety to another and some are much paler than others.  A far more reliable way of testing readiness to eat is to stick your thumbnail into a kernel ... if the resulting juice is milky then it's ripe ... if it's clear fold the leaves back around the cob and leave for a few days.  

    Last edited: 06 October 2017 09:21:19

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Me again.The cob was so plump I was hopeful...sadly more leaf than cob ! The kernel is milky though.

    Wonder why the others so unformed.?


  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,832

    Have grown corn for the first time this year. I found that half the kernels were informed too. I did notice that the male top flower had dropped pollen too early for the females lower down to be pollinated. I think this is the problem. Next year I will stagger the planting and hope to improve pollination.  Hope this helps.?

  • Ta for that.Glad I'm not the only one. imageI did block planting as suggested by the seed packet but will keep an eye out.By the way, is it purpleallum or purple allium !

  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 4,832

    Lol. Purple rallim is a stud name. Mine were block planted too so hopefully we will have less wind at the wrong time and success with pollination.

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,882

    I love to see those leaves, I used to make these, can’t get supply of leaves now.


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • What a beautiful doll, you should keep up the good work. I am happy to dry the leaves and post them FOC to you.Do you show on Pinterest cos if you don't you should ! Kind regards, Cheryl. 

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