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Corn Thread for 2014

Discussion in 'Fruits & Vegetables' started by baymule, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. Sep 19, 2014
    digitS'

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    ". . . this is the first year i can say i successfully grew corn from seed to produce ears."

    Yay! @Chickie'sMomaInNH !!

    :D

    Steve
     
  2. Sep 19, 2014
    freedhardwoods

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    You might try hot pepper spray. It is supposed to make plants taste bad (spicy hot) to bugs and animals. I make my own, but I've seen it for sale also. I had a pretty bad bug problem on my green beans. One week after spraying, almost no bugs. I didn't have any deer problems and very few bugs in my corn this year so I didn't try it on corn.
     
  3. Sep 20, 2014
    PhilaGardener

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    Birds don't seem to taste the hot pepper. :somad They even treat birdseed with it to cut down on losses to squirrels. But if it isn't a bird that is causing the problem it might help!
     
  4. Sep 20, 2014
    Chickie'sMomaInNH

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    i didn't give it much thought till i realized my local feed store sells hot pepper treated corn cobs to feed to the birds. it could be a local chipmunk or mouse enjoying them.
     
  5. Sep 20, 2014
    Chickie'sMomaInNH

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    got some better pics of the latest ears i pulled this morning. enjoy some of the pretty eye (maybe that's ear) candy!
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  6. Sep 20, 2014
    baymule

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    Those are beautiful! Are they dry now or still fresh? I have to pick corn when it is semi dry or it will sprout/mold/rot/mildew in the shucks.
     
  7. Sep 20, 2014
    Chickie'sMomaInNH

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    some were dry. a couple need some time to dry out fully. i have lots of small ears going that i don't think will have big enough kernels i would want to keep for seeds. and then there is 1 stalk still going that has 4 full sized ears that i was hoping would fatten up but don't think they will before something gets to them. it seems to be a very productive and resilient corn. sort of like a Timex watch-takes a licking and keeps on ticking. the stalks that fell over are still growing and trying to push out new ears.

    oh, that ear with the greener shades is dry enough i already picked the kernels off for keeping/trading/selling for seed.
     
  8. Sep 24, 2014
    Jared77

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    I agree from my experience this year it's a very resilient variety. Great pics!

    I'll be harvesting the rest of mine this weekend.
     
  9. Oct 3, 2014
    Hal

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    Well the Painted Mountain is 1' high and doing okay despite us having cool 70 ish days then the next day going to 92 or so.
    I'm really nervous though, I have never had trouble growing corn but I have a lot riding on this.
     
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  10. Oct 3, 2014
    TheSeedObsesser

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    Beautiful corn Chickie'sMoma and Jared!

    I'm sure that you'll get it Hal! Painted Mountain has a lot of genetic diversity, so if your Australian climate proves to harsh for some of them, others should survive. How much corn did you plant?
     
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