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Joined: 2009-08-07

When a veggie description says 'ready in 80-100 days, when does one start counting? Is it the moment one plants the seed or start when the plant emerges from the ground?

Also... as you know I grow Stowells evergreen sweet corn, I have been doing research on it. Seems every site has a different maturity time.
I have seen it anywhere from 70-100 days. Some say it needs picked at 80 days or it is not edible, others say 95 days...
Some say it last longer after picking than most while another site says you have to cook it within hours or it looses all it's flavor. Who to believe.

I never watched growing times however last year, it seems I waited to long as the kernels were way to tough.
I usually watch for the milky kernels to tell when to pick.

Any corn growers got some ideas here?

Joined: 2009-08-07
Trial and Error?

YB, you're certainly doing alot of brainwork on this and I hope you can work it out, but it sounds like it comes down to trial and error since it's all up to the weather really.

I CAN help on one thing though and that's when to pick to avoid tough corn.

When the kernels go milky that means the sugar is turning to starch, so you'd want to pick when the tassels are browned and the punctured kernel's sap is still mostly clear.

As far as cooking your Stowells, I'd take an ear early in the morning, break it in half. Cook one half right away, and then the other half the next day for comparison.

Can't hurt to try.

Joined: 2009-08-07
It is somewhat trial and error

mostly dependent on your area. Just trying to pin things down a little closer to reality.

Joined: 2009-08-07
Often wondered...

why I have never bothered to grow granny's teeth (corn) now I know why. Toooooo damn complicated.

Joined: 2010-06-24
germination seperate from maturity

the package shouls say germination time and then time till maturity. most seeds are between 7-12 germination days and then 60-120 days till maturity. So after they sprout is when maturity count begins!

Joined: 2009-08-07
Stuie told me once that that

Stuie told me once that that any corn is best when you first pick it. If you let it set (after picking) it continues to develop starch and lose it's sweetness. After he said that I made a point to always get the corn put up as soon as I was done picking. Previously I sometimes would pick late in the day, put it in a cool place and then put it up the next day.

Joined: 2009-08-17
Don't you just miss Stuie? I

Don't you just miss Stuie? I know I do.. and where is BUMPS?

Has anone heard from Pumpkin Doug?


Joined: 2009-08-07
Thanks for the input people :)

Bump's still lurking out there.
Nothing from Doug.. wonder if he will ever get back on but then again, we asked that about the Bumpster too...

Joined: 2009-09-17
Best corn

I agree with REDMINK about the clear juice - but disagree as when to pick. Usually veggies are better in the AM as the juices from the roots are starting UP the plant - fresher than waiting until afternoon. I also try to process the same day.

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