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When is the thinning appropriate?

We have sweet corn growing vociferously...Sutton’s seeds, variety F1 sun dance, they have many cobs growing at all angles all the way up the stems. I am concerned about them all ripening properly, (especially given our present weather) and wondered it would be good to thin them, to allow those left to fatten up nicely, or won’t it make any difference?


  • We used to grow corn on the cob from suttons too and would carefully remove any small cobs that were unlikely to ripen, leaving just 2 or 3 of the largest (mostly the top cobs are the biggest) on the main stem.  Be sure not to damage the main stem when removing them.
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