Greener Thumb
Posts: 772
Joined: Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:00 pm
Location: Virginia, The mountains Zone 6a/6b

Odd confused corn plant

First time I've ever seen this. This poor plant seems to have it's boy parts and girl parts intermingled. There are naked kernels of corn interspersed throughout this tassel on this one plant. I tasted the kernels, and sure enough, they'e corn.


User avatar
Posts: 28162
Joined: Thu May 01, 2008 11:21 pm
Location: Zone 6, NJ (3/M)4/E ~ 10/M

Re: Odd confused corn plant

So FUNNY! I've heard about this. 8)
Learning never ends because we can share what we've learned. And in sharing our collective experiences, we gain deeper understanding of what we learned.

User avatar
Super Green Thumb
Posts: 7480
Joined: Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:20 am
Location: Northern Utah Zone 5

Re: Odd confused corn plant

Pretty interesting. Glad you took a picture. Thanks for sharing.
Gardening at 5000 feet elevation, zone 4/5 Northern Utah, Frost free from May 25 to September 8 +/-

Posts: 11569
Joined: Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:32 pm
Location: hawaii, zone 12a 587 ft elev.

Re: Odd confused corn plant

I get tassel ears mostly on the tillers but I get them on the mainstalk too. I get one or two every with every crop. Silver Queen has more than the UH #10 tropical corn but that may just be because the tropical corn is better suited for shorter days. I don't have a large place to plant corn so now I can only fit 39 plants into the space and low seeding rates was one of the things associated with the phenomenon. It usually does not affect the overall yield or taste.
https://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/ne ... lEars.html
Happy gardening in Hawaii. Gardens are where people grow.

User avatar
Senior Member
Posts: 278
Joined: Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:30 am
Location: Northern California; Hardiness Zone 10a, Climate zone: 17

Re: Odd confused corn plant

Yup, I have had that happen as well. There's one variety I've grown where that happened frequently but can't recall what it was.

Return to “Vegetable Gardening Forum”