Friday, July 1, 2011

Tassels (182/365)

2011 07 01 _MG_3099w
“I know my corn plants intimately, and I find it a great pleasure to know them.”

Barbara McClintock (American Scientist. Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1983. 1902-1992)

TIME:  8:26 PM
PLACE:  Backyard
SUBJECT:  Corn tassels

Our corn is waaaay past “knee high by the Fourth of July.”  The stalks are taller than HH and have developed tassels.  The stalks are also developing ears with silks.  If all goes according to plan, the pollen from the tassels will fall onto the silk and pollinate the ears.  When the silk is brown and dry then the pollination process is finished and the corn will continue to grow.  We only planted one variety of corn so there is no need to de-tassel and cross-pollinate our tiny corn crop this year.  Maybe next year we will go crazy and plant a couple of varieties.  Or not.

1 comment:

Mari said...

Your corn looks great! The corn around here is way behind the hoped for knee high level. It was far to wet to get it in on time.