Pollinating corn is easy, once you know how to do it.
|Corn in EarthBox last August|
There are several techniques for pollinating corn, the one Farmer D devised last year, gave us an incredible second crop of corn.
|Farmer D will demonstrate his technique.|
1 medium sized paper bag
Corn plants that have tassels and are starting to produce silk
|Corn with tassel and silk - ready for pollination.|
|Tassel with pollen|
|Gently removing tassel grains and capturing in bag|
|Captured tassel pieces|
|Placing tassel pieces directly onto corn silks|
Helping your small crop of corn with pollination will increase the number of good kernels that you find when you open up the husk on your freshly picked ears of corn. Farmer D does this on a daily basis after the silks have started to appear. Your corn should be ready to harvest about 18 days after the silk first appears, when the silk has dried and browned.
|Gidget inspects our rooftop EarthBox corn; no tassels yet.|