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Corn branching at the base

Postby Getafix » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:20 pm

I'm growing corn for the first time at the moment, and so far it seems to be going pretty well. However recently i've noticed that there are some extra shoots or branches forming at the base of the plants, and i wasn't sure if these were branches that will eventually produce the ears, or if they are branches that should be pruned off to promote the growth of the central leader. I've looked in a couple of gardening books but they don't really comment on the growth habit much.
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Re: Corn branching at the base

Postby tam » Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:36 pm

I think you will find they will be ears down the track.
I have never done anything to my corn while it is growing.
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Corn branching at the base

Postby Getafix » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:33 am

I decided to leave the shoots, and they actually turned out to be additional stalks! A few of the plants developed them, and they formed silks, but pollination wasn't very good
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Corn branching at the base

Postby Getafix » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:34 am

Sorry, meant tassels, not silks
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Re: Corn branching at the base

Postby tam » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:19 pm

I never had great pollination with mine either. To many rainy days I think.
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Re: Corn branching at the base

Postby greg.l » Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:12 am

The side shoots from the base are called tillers. Generally they are left in place.
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