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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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.

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