My blue corn plant has been growing BEAUTIFULLY on my balcony but it got to be so tall (almost 8 feet tall, and about to train itself over the balcony "ceiling") that I had to "prune" it, thinking that if I did, then the ears would still develop on the sides of the stalk. Imagine my horror when , after I lopped off the top 1 foot of the corn plant, to see that I had also lopped off the developing TASSEL!!!!! Oh NO!! Did I just "neuter" my corn plant????
PS -- the photo shows the corn plant when it was still relatively "short". The fan is because the neighbors on the adjoining balcony smoke like chimneys.
Removing the tassel has effectively 'neutered' your plant, as you suspected. It needs the pollen falling onto the developing ears to pollinate. I haven't a clue if it will grow a new top? Somebody will know for sure.
i actually DID successfully grow ONE blue corn plant many years ago, on the same balcony. i got two ears. I cooked them. They were very starchy but I was very proud of myself (after all, I'm a kid from the Bronx, with a green thumb, who lived 1/4 mile away from the Bronx Botanical Gardens, so something musta rubbed off on me )
So there is hope. And I stood up on my tiptoes and checked the top of that butchered (boohoo) corn plant and saw that parts of the tassel are still on the corn, intact. So... maybe ... the tassel will stil grow and produce pollen in abbreviated form.
There is HOPE! There is HOPE!! The plant is Tasseling out once again!! I cannot find any way to post the photo here (can someone help me here??) and do not want to start another thread but the new tassel is about 7 inches long already and.. the corn plant is once again so tall that it is now snaking its way across the top of my balcony/bottom of the upstairs neighbor's balcony. AND I am NOT touching this plant!!!!!!
They will be refurbishing and repainting the balconies starting NOW -- but they will have to LAY off this corn plant and work around it!!!!!
Oops-- August 28 -- no I still cannot dowload a photo here.
To post a picture. Save it somewhere on your computer that you know where it is. Below the box there is a line that reads "You may upload up to 5 ..." Next is the line "Upload Images to your reply. below that is a box labeled Choose a File. Click that box. It will bring up another box that will show files some where in your folder system. Where will depend on your operating system and settings. Click on the name of the picture you want and then click open or what ever equivalent button on your system. The picture is attached.
I always preview the picture because Murphy's law says that if you make a mistaking in choosing a picture , the one that gets chosen will be the last one you want published and everyone will happen to be reading that thread when it is.
I don't have that. It says "You may upload up to 5 images. Press CTRL to select more than one image file." Then there is a blank space and then "Upload Images to your reply" The only clickable areas are Preview and Send.
Alas -- due to the afore-mentioned software glitch, I am still unable to upload a new picture-- but Picture This --> A healthy corn stalk, green-- with leaves flapping like scarecrow arms in the wind and an 8" LOOONG BEAUTIFUL TASSEL (YYYESSS!) on the very top of the plant -- snaaaking its way across the "roof" of my balcony. Where it will stop, no one knows. When the corn will ear out-- is anyone's guess.
And now I am faced with another daunting yet solvable problem -- "They" are renovating all the balconies in my bldg -- stripping off the outdoor carpeting, taking off the glass panels, sanding and repainting the posts -- and the lone Blue Corn Plant will be a witness (but, we hope NOT a victim) to all of this. may the Good Lord and the Three Sisters protect TCP. I have one more survival plan for it...to be continued...
Acemoose, will be interested to see what your corn ears look like. My husband and I, in our novitiate state many moons ago (like 50 years' worth of moons), planted one row of corn, not knowing about pollination and all that jazz. We had lovely corn when it was in the shucks. However, peeling away the outside revealed corn that badly needed a dentist. It was all snaggle-toothed! I managed to scrape off enough for one meal's worth of creamed corn. At least it was tasty. Keep us posted --- both on your corn plant in peril and the harvest you gather.
They certainly have personality. LOL! Isis is the bad one that gets into all kinds of trouble and has all the medical problems. She's cost us about $3000 in the last 1 1/2 years. Wouldn't trade her for anything, tho!
Nothing adds more beauty to a garden than the Resident KittyKat. My Big Bad Baby Twinkle is in a huge huff right now because she has known the delights of the - no, scuse me HER - (securely fenced-in, cat-safe) balcony for the past 16 yrs ever since I brought her home from the shelter. Alas, the balcony is waaay off limits to the cats right now (the other cat, Cee Cee lived on the mean streets for a few years, so the balcony has always been a scaary place for her) as the fence is history, the wooden lattice has been prepped for re-use after I paint it, new chicken wire (4 rolls of it) and secure fasteners are on my shopping list, but the "powers-that-renovate balconies" are draaagging their feet.
OH LOOK AT THIS!! "Choose a File" -- I have uploaded photos of their highnesses (Cee Cee is the one with the Biiig scarey eyes) and will re-visit my previous post to see if I can upload the photo of the miracle Blue Corn Plant!!!
PS-- PlantFreak 78 -- Thank you for your kind words!! I have friends in Fuquay and I always love to visit them -- when we pass by the harvested cotton fields -- it's always a novel delight to see those little cotton balls in the fields.
If your Fuquay friends are plant people you'll have to send them up to see me (I work at the best nursery in the Raleigh area). We have a resident cat, Sullivan J. Bean the third, who likes to sleep on my desk :)
Your kitties look like they have a lot of personality. Most of the bi-colored cats I've known have been quite rambunctious.
Dear Plantfreak78-- I will mention your nursery AND your kitty to my friends!! They too have a kitty -- his name is Butthead. Bicolored kktties? You mean Cee Cee the Tortie on the right? She NEVER stops moving...but then again she is a tortie and many experts think that since torties have unique genes it may also apply to their brains as well, hence their sometimes odd purrsonalities. However the one to the left, Big Bad Baby Twinkle is ever inventive and wants things HER way only, and will not hesitate to smack anyone who does not do her bidding (the 6 foot tall vet has jumped aside a number of times too -- MOL!!!)
Kwanjin - Fuquay is a cool place. The only part of Raleigh I know is 1) the bus stop (the Caroilna trailways) and the Amtrak Station with the really interesting brick building in the foreground (built about 90 years ago, with alot of personality). Perhaps we have passed one another in our forays thru said towns!!
Here is the ALMOST- latest photo of the corn plant -- add about 8 inches to the stalk top, which is now at a right angle to the balcony, snaking ever onward-- and about 8 inches to the tassel -- alas I left the other, more recent photos home on my portable HD.
I've been to Fuquay all of once back in 2007. My DH and I went there to check out the new Boon Edam facility. We spent 3 days in NC and enjoyed every minute. Folks out there are awesome. We had a flat tire in Fayetteville and there was a birthday party going on at the house where in happened. That tire got changed in record time and we were even invited to eat. We've never had a better time travelling or met nicer folks.
Well...update... I bet I have the most BEAUTIFUL Corn Tassel in the whole 400 unit apartment building!! But alas, no corn and the stalk is getting a bit puny and the BEST thing that may come of this beloved Blue Corn Plant is that it may become a Halloween door decoration.
Next year, I will be growing more blue corn on my balcony and if the plants start to get too tall, I may end up espaliering my corn plants, and I WILL get ears next time...
kittriana wrote:They just need lots of sun, and planted with a little fish below them, espalier corn? Wonders never cease, chuckl. Lots of sun.
But definitely NOT "Mooseabec Sardines in Mustard" (grin!)
Well, the corn plant is tall, skinny and childless. And, alas, the workers have started to scrape the OLD paint off the balconies above and below me (as well as my balcony paint) and I fear that there may be lead in that old paint (1960's???). So I will let the Corn Plant grow as a tribute to All That Grows to Sustain Us, and I will just try again next year.
I loved everyone's comments and interst and genuine concern over my STOOOPID Mistake!!
See you on the Forums!!
Ace, Big Bad Baby Twinkle and Sweet Cee Cee (all of whom are not going out onto the balcony to get any fresh air for a while, lest they breathe in a paint flake or two and because the cat fence was taken down now as well-- altho Ace DOES water that precious BC plant)
Ace, I just have to add that a mistake is only stupid if you knew better beforehand. I didn't know the answer to your question and have learned something from it. I wouldn't, however, give up on getting babies. This plant may surprise you.