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Like everything else in life... :wink:

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MORE ON CORN;

For those who plan on growing more than one variety of corn: Corn uses wind to spread its pollen. Therefore, if you were to plant Hopi Blue Corn next to Golen Bantam corn it is very likely that the Hopi blue Pollen could land on the Golden Bantam Stigmas.
If you do not have a huge garden to spread the different varieties out you can counteract this by planting the different varieties on diferent dates. Give about 7 to 10 days of separation between plantings.

Of course, you could also throw caution to the wind (pun) and let nature take it's course and plant everything on the same date and have cobs with intermingled coloured corn as well. Genetic Diversity Baby! It's the spice of life!

(It is not my plan to do this)

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WHAT? You're not going to let Mother Nature make your selections for you? :shock: :lol:

I suspect you are trying to set aside some seed for the following season, so it is most understandable you are trying to keep your strains pure. Having talked to John about the amount of space necessary to keep cross-pollination from happening, I'd say you have your work cut out for you...

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Yes I know. I have read that corn planted several miles away from eachother have even cross pollinated but, that is the what keeps everything so diverse in this world. :D
The real reason why I don't want.... or rather, want as little cross pollination as possible is that I have that Pink Pomegranate Popping corn that I want to grow up. Don't want any purple or yellow corn mixed with that.

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I have seen those mini ears as indian corn colors, so it sure is possible...

Might want to bag some of those flowers and hand pollinate, Opa...

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Yes, I will have to bag. My guess is that I will have to hand pollinate the corn if I bag it? Yes/no?
So long as we are talking about bagging flowers for pollination, would the same go for Dhalias? ie) would you have to hand pollinate them after bagging them?

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Yep and Yep...

No rest for the wicked... :lol:

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I guess that's the fun in gardening!! (One more thing to do, lots of fun :o ). Thanks for the tip about bagging Scott. :wink:

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As long as you enjoy it it's not work...

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A labour of love. (note all this Canadian spelling :wink: ) Yes, I will be planting my Hopi Blue Corn this weekend (most likely on Sunday) and then the Pomegranate Corn Next Weekend and the Indian Blue the Following weekend and finally, the golen Bantam the weekend after that.

My Aunt has a garden a couple of hundred feet below mine on the same piece of property, I'm going to ask her if I can use part of her garden to plant some of my corn, in hopes of keeping the strains as pure as possible.

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Could be enough space...

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Well, that idea went sour but, she did give me the tip of planting the corn on mounds. This will ensure that the corn will pollinate itself. As far as cross pollination is concerned... well, C'est la vie. If that happens, as I said before, genetic diversity is the spice of life!!!

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Why would the mounds help pollination? I'm baffled... :?

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Corn is wind pollinated and when you only have a few plants and not many, many rows it the wind is not always cooperative in dispersing the pollen over all of the adjacent flowers. :( Therefore, if you plant them on mounds, the corn plants surround one another and they are all on somewhat of a slope and the pollen is more easily distributed to each plant. :)
It can simple fall down to the adjacent flowers and when the wind comes up, the plants are already surrounding one another and the pollen, lands on the flowers. Cool huh? It's amazing what our relatives can teach us.

I'm planting my Pink Pomegranate Popping Corn at my place tonight. Just have them soaking in some water now.

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Primitive tech strikes again! Good stuff Opa! :D

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Primitive technology, it's the wave of the future!!! :D This weekend I will be planting my Pink Popping corn at my large Vegetable garden. Lots of fun.

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I still have to build a garden to plant in! :P

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