I have got some lovely big sweetcorn plants that are just coming into flower but there are no cobs to fertilize.  Anyone got any idea what the problem could be?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,641

    Give it several really good soakings - even last summer on our free-draining loam our sweetcorn needed quite a bit of watering in order to produce cobs.  I put the sprinkler on for 30 mins at a time several times a week. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    My sweetcorn was very annoying this year. Despite plenty of watering, the cobs arrived late, a lot of the pollen had already dispersed, so I ended up with quite a few only partly-pollinated cobs. Bah! Delicious, though.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    I'm sure the female flowers are there, but you haven't looked closely enough further down the stem.  They are not very obvious.

  • sharon8sharon8 Posts: 4

    Thank you everyone, I will look for cobs and also give much more water.  We did have that dry spell earlier in the year and they are in a raised bed this year, which is much more free draining.

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