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Gardeners’ Guide: How to Pollinate Corn

Corn is a popular grain that you can use to make mouth-watering recipes. You can include it in salads or make it as a side dish for different cuisines. There are other ways to enjoy sweet corn, including grilling them at bbq parties or boiling them and eating them with butter. If you love corn, would it be nice to have it in your garden? If you are excited to grow this plant, you should learn how to pollinate corn. In corn pollination, there are specific requirements that you need to meet, which you will learn in this article.

How to Pollinate Corn

As mentioned, there are requirements for corn pollination. For instance, wind pollination is needed for corn to thrive. That’s why you need excellent ventilation in your greenhouse. You may consider using ventilators to ensure better ventilation. If you don’t have this, a mechanical pollinator could help you pollinate sweet corn plants manually. If you are now ready to pollinate corn, here’s your guide:

Tassel Readiness

You need to prepare the tassel when pollinating corn. Therefore, once you can see the corn tassels poking out above the whorl of corn leaves, you can now look for the shoots. Take note that the tassels refer to the male part of a corn plant. Meanwhile, the shoots are the female parts of a corn plant. The female parts will later become the ears. Suppose you are into controlled pollinations; make sure to cover the shoots with pollen-proof bags. Doing so guarantees that they are only pollinated with the pollen you bring them.

Locating Top Shoot 

Remember that the shoots are the ones that will become the ears. They will first appear as protrusions from between the stem and the leaves. Although each plant might have multiple shoots, the biggest ears tend to come from the top shoot. Suppose you have found the top shoot, consider removing the leaf next to the shoot to make it easier to bag.

Placing the Bag 

Once you are done with the two steps, you may now trim back any leaves growing from the shoot before putting a bag on it. Remember that these leaves can proliferate and push your bag right off the shoot. You may now slip the shoot bag firmly over the shoot so that the longer side is between the shoot and the stem.

Corn is a staple food in some areas; no wonder it is a popular crop in many parts of the world. Although there are different varieties of corn, one thing’s for sure; this plant is very delicious and nutritious. Whether you prefer to eat it after grilling or boiling it or add it to your favorite salad, having it fresh is worth it. So the next time you are choosing a plant to grow, don’t forget to plant sweet corn. To produce it successfully, make sure to learn the basic steps in growing it, including how to pollinate corn.

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