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Sown popping corn

So, I’m a fairly new allotment owner and this year decided to try to grow sweetcorn.
Instead of buying propper seeds, I put in greenhouse (to start off) dozen of popping corn kernels  (bought in Sainsburys. Plain popping corn).
It came up nicely and is growing happily in greenhouse, waiting to be transplanted out.
And now I realised - it is not sweetcorn, right? It is some sort of speciffic maize type for popping corn.
I wonder if there is even a point for me to transplant them out.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,870
    Hi @BeesKnees 😊 

    We all live and learn 😉

    I think that, given the information given in this link, it’s not the vegetable that you want and it’s unlikely that it’ll ripen in a UK summer

    I would ASAP get some sweetcorn seeds developed especially to produce produce a crop in our shorter growing season (‘Swift’ is the one I’ve grown several times)

    However, if you have the space and energy I’d grow two or three of your popcorn on too, just out of curiosity to see what happens. The rest I’d put on the compost heap I’m afraid. 

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

  • HelixHelix Posts: 631
    Well if you want to replenish your stock of popping corn then carry on with it, it will produce smaller, harder dryer cobs for popping.  But if you want to eat a corn on the cob then need to get the proper seeds....sorry.
  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929
    I know this reply is a bit further on through the year , last year I saved one of my sweet corn cobs in the green house in a seed tray sparsely covered in compost.forgot about it till this spring.I found all the kernels had sprouted so I separated these carefully with a sharp knife. I've grown them on in the patch next to the bought T/M swift seed.ibe  be been harvesting thewe for several week now .the saved kernels are at the green tassle stage . A smaller plant  weaker and a later cob. It will be interesting to see if they do anything.
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