The tallest stalk of corn at the county fair this year was 118". And, by
the looks of it, there are lots of them out there that tall. I've never
seen corn this tall before, in fact. (I'm in west central Indiana.)
On Tue, 8 Aug 2006 21:23:32 +0000 (UTC), FragileWarrior
OK, you made me take my tape measure down to the corn patch. My
tallest Silver Queen is also 118" which surprised me. I am in
Southern New Hampshire.
I have good soil thanks to the tons of manure and compost I have
poured into it over the years. I also irrigate my corn and most other
I did a lousy job of weed control this year and have a plan to
improve that next year. Hint: the organic folks will not like it.
Hmm...I need to measure mine, I have some stalks pushing 10 feet. I didn't
do anything special, just mulched it and dumped some fertilizer and water it
regularly. Other then that I ignore it.
Interesting enough, a later planting of the same corn sent up tassles when
it was about 4 feet tall. I'm not sure why.
Some types of corn are short. I pick my brand with this in mind, as my
soil is too fluffy, and tall corn is easily knocked down by wind and the
sprinkler in my garden.
Also, I plant in blocks, and the edge of one block doesn't get a full
day of sun, and the corn there is typically shorter and thinner than the
part that gets full sun.
Corn does need a lot of fertilizer, also.
Joseph A. Zupko wrote:
That picture reminds me of something from my childhood. I had 2 uncles
who owned a big farm in Ohio. Mostly they grew corn. Out of countless
thousands of plants on hundreds of acres, sometimes one plant would grow
much taller than all the others. Some sort of genetic mutation or at
least a genetic difference.
Anyway, I remember one day when one of the uncles brought back a really
tall corn plant to show everyone. I don't think it was quite as tall as
the one in the picture but it was very tall.
the variety I grow is Jala Valley landrace Maize. It's the talles
variety of maize in the world. It's not uncommon to get corn as tal
as I had. In fact, I know people that had them about 25 feet or so.
still have one more giant left in the garden that is still growing.
don't know if it's going to get a tassel before frost comes. Had m
wife take a pic today. Sorry, but it's a bit dark.
I could never grow that where I live now. I live on the waterfront and
the wind often blows over corn that is only 5 or 6 feet tall. I can't
imagine what the wind would do to that.
Does that variety form ears like regular corn? If not, where are the
I lightened your picture and mailed it back to you. If your return
address is valid, you should get it.
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