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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:11 pm    Post subject: Sweetcorn questions. Reply with quote

Hoping some one can help me out,
I have already sowed 5 sweetcorn in pots inside the house which are now approx 10 inches in length, I know it was very early to sow but I guess I got carried away when I received the seeds..I had intended to plant outside in raised bed in the next Week (after hardening off) or so, would it be too early to plant out or is there anything I can do to protect them?

I sowed the remaining 8 seeds last week which all have broken through,
When ever these are ready I intend to plant these 8 in the greenhouse, is the green house suitable for sweertcorn? Or do they grow too tall.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the height of the sweetcorn depends on the variety, usually the plants reach a height of around 5 feet (150cms.) if your glasshouse is hip roofed and only 6 feet at highest, then plant them in the highest part.. They need good height to produce the male flower for pollination. Sweetcorn will grow outside after hardening off but is a warm weather plant. Plant in a group rather than single lines to facilitate pollination.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any recommendations on what variety to grow? I didn;t take note of which variety I planted outside last year but they done fairly well. Planning on growing them again.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Innes Hybrid and Golden bantam are two reliable varieties but there are others some of which grow quite tall and set more than one cob but seldom swell any of them to full size.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, will see if I can get one of them.
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