The Flour Corn Flowers

 

On May 28 I planted Painted Mountain Corn and on June 1 Dakota Ivory Corn. Both were fully emerged from the soil about 12 days after planting. Now on July 27 there are tassels on all the plants of both varieties and many are beginning to shed pollen. At the same time almost all the corn plants have silks emerging from the leafy sheaths that enclose the pistillate flowers. The height of the plants is between four and five feet but a few are shorter or taller.

Painted Mountain is a multi-colored flour corn and the colors are not limited to the kernels. Silks, tassels, husks, cobs, and stalks can be various shades of red and purple. Tassels can also be white or yellow. Dakota Ivory Corn is white flour corn but some kernels have pink markings. The tassels are mostly yellow-white but some have traces of red and the silks are white or lightly infused with pink. Stalks are green but sometimes there are thin layers light red.

A few years ago I began selecting Painted Mountain Corn plants that produced two ears even if the second ear was not well developed. This has led to an increase of multiple ear bearing plants. This year there are many plants with two ears and a few with three. I’ve noticed that the Dakota Ivory Corn has a tendency to multiple ears, usually two per plant but sometimes three.

So all that is needed now is some rain and another month of warm weather and there should be a large harvest and plenty of new seed stock.

9 thoughts on “The Flour Corn Flowers

    1. The Dakota and Painted Mountain corns bloom at the same time time. I’m keeping them separated by space and a thick hedgerow with tall trees. The sweet corn is a few days off, no silks yet, so there will be little chance of crossing. If there is crossing between sweet and flour that will show up in the kernels seed covering. Sweet x flour will be wrinkled, flour x sweet will be smooth.

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          1. All the corn mature plant height is depending on the seeds. The result of same plant pollination comes the shorter plant than the cross pollination. If few generations all got seeds from same plant pollination the plant height will be quite as short as 3′-4′. If all from different plants then it could 6′-8′ in height. Also the size of the corn cobs and how big the grains.

            My plants their height are vary. Some are big and tall and some are small. You still can grow them both but with certain distance, like one varieties in the front yard and the other is in the back yard or if you have a big enough property then distance them when you plant them. Cross-pollinate the plant(s) that you will collect seeds for next year to ensure the good genes! πŸ™‚ I don’t know if you any seeds I will like but if you do, we could do some seeds swap for fun.

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            1. I do grow a lot of seeds for re-planting so I will have some for swapping. I grow a minimum of 400 plants of each variety to ensure the preservation of genetic diversity. I also mix in seeds from previous years to avoid the loss of any uncommon genetic diversity.

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