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by woodchuck on July 04, 2006 07:47 AM
Can anybody tell me what is going on with the corn, it has one main stalk and two side stalks that seem quite robust, also what are the purple streaks? This is from one seed only, by the way.

Could the extra stalks be an indication of potential ear count?

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by woodchuck on July 04, 2006 11:05 AM
Was out weeding the corn and noticed some more like this, and one even had FOUR side stalks besides the main one. Corn steroids?
by Danno on July 04, 2006 03:37 PM
dude i have the same dang thing! I'm new to gardening but have never heard of corn doing this! I'm using a basic yellow/white sweetcorn hybrid i baught at the local supermarket, nothing special. i too have up to 2 sidestalks on almost every stalk of corn that has come up!
by elkwc36 on July 04, 2006 03:51 PM
Those are suckers and pretty normal. Some varieties have more and also the farther apart you plant seems they sucker more. They will produce ears but I usually don't get good ears from them. I have raised sweet corn for years and always have them. JD
by Longy on July 05, 2006 12:51 AM
I always remove these suckers, they detract nutrient from the rest of the plant. The cobs which may form on them will be inferior anyway and will not amount to anything. Best to cut them off.
To get a better number of cobs per plant, (my best is 5 off 1 plant, average is 3), wait until the secondary roots develop , that's those big ones that come out from the base of the plant, often above ground level. Once these roots are growing, bury half of the stalk in compost, well rotted manures and mulch. So if your plants are a metre high, you can put half a metre of goodies under them. This will feed the secondary root system which is capable of taking up large amounts of the good stuff. They also require plenty of water for this to work properly. Normally you would expect this to rot the stems on most plants but on sweet corn that is not the case. It will also be a great additive to the beds for the following crop.

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by woodchuck on July 05, 2006 02:01 AM
Thanks for the heads up. My corn already has the top flowers? out in full form, and some tassle is showing where ears will start. Hopefully this corn will work out in the end.

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