So I meant to post this ages ago, when I actually harvested this, but never got around it it with work getting in the way. You may remember a post previously about my sweetcorn male flower starting to appear. Well it never seemed to get any further than that, and didn't open out. I saw no lady tendrils at any point, which is why I was amazed when I eventually gave up on them and decided to throw them out to find that some sections of the plant were bulbous and hard...
I managed to harvest these from 4 plants (I believe to be minipop variety)
As you can see they aren't really in an edible condition anyway, having been nibbled through by what I presume was a mouse or other type of rodent. (I used to have pet mice for years, and this really looks like they're kind of nibble).
Most of them had chunks bitten out somewhere, and discolouration. Its hard to tell in the photo but they were actually quite green. I stripped off all the lady noodles, and reckon they'd never got properly fertilised because they were just too perfect inside the cases (the noodley parts that is).
The final size compared to my hand. Pretty poor! But considering they were unfertilized I guess its not that bad, as least it formed something! Its certainly been interesting and next time I won't bother trying it in large pots, and just put them straight in the ground!! This, believe it or not, has been my most successful attempt thus far at corn. Previously I've managed 2 ft tall plants but never any kind of flowering happening at all. So at least I'm getting better at it!
Next season I'm going to try the same varieties, because they have had the best germination rates for me so far for sweetcorn (I had one that WASN'T treated this year, and I assume it has some natural fungal resistance because it never had a fungal issue, and I find it germinated much better and faster than any of the treated seeds I've used before). I'm also trying out Strawberry Popcorn next season, which looks gorgeous to grow.
Anyone have any advice on corn growing for my next try?