It happens every day. Plants send up flowers, bees pollinate them and vegetables are born. But corn has its own way to doing things, bees not included. So how exactly does corn come to be? Jump ahead to when corn stalks are several feet high. Tassels start poking out from the top of the plant.
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SEX in the Corn Field: How's It Done? (Purdue Univ.)
To better understand potential problems that can occur during pollination, you should first understand how the pollination process is orchestrated. Remember that corn has both male flowers and female flowers on the same plant a flowering habit called monoecious for you trivia fans. When the male flowers in the tassel mature, anthers emerge from the spikelet flowers, and pollen is dispersed through pores that open at the tips of the anthers. The anthers are those gizmos that hang from the tassel during pollination. Under a magnifying lens, anthers look somewhat like the double-barrel of a shotgun. Don't mistake anthers for the pollen itself.
The Sex Life of Sweet Corn
My little patch of sweet corn is only 3 rows deep, so I plan to help with the pollination process. Unlike most garden crops, which are pollinated by insects or vibration, corn depends on wind to bring its male and female parts together. In a small planting, pollen shed by the tassels at the tops of the plants the male parts may blow away before enough of the microscopic grains land on the silks at the ear tips the female parts. Most sweet corn is in pollination mode for about 10 days.
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