Growing Corn

For the first time I have planted a few corn plants, is it necessary to detassel, or can you leave the tassels on and still get corn?

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June 29, 20130 found this helpful

The tassles are a necessary part of fertilization process. You should also plant corn in a block, ie say 4 rows by 4-6 in a row, to help fertilize.

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July 1, 20130 found this helpful

You need to leave those tassels (also known as 'silks') on the new ears for a number of reasons including as a way to know when the ears are ready to harvest.

Count 21 days from the first appearance of the tassels to know when your corn is ready:)

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July 8, 20130 found this helpful

The tassels are at the top of the plant. They send pollen down to the silk that grows from the ears of corn. The silk catches the pollen to pollinate the corn rows on each cob.

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Removing either the tassels or the silk will not allow the pollination process to form corn rows on the cobs. Leave both intact.

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