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●● Sweetcorn pollination
If you have sown your sweetcorn and are almost ready to plant it out, remember to always plant it in blocks of at least 12 plants (such as four rows of three) as sweetcorn is windpollinated and won’t do as well if you plant in rows.
The female flowers, which eventually form the cobs, are pollinated by the male tassels at the end of the plant.
You can help pollination by shaking the plants on a still evening to release clouds of pollen.
Some people think that sweetcorn can’t be grown in northern counties, but some of the F1 hybrids such as Lark have changed all that.
But if you live in a cold region, don’t plant your seedlings out until late May or early June.