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    Mr&MrsB is offline Seedling
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    Hi,

    How and when do you harvest baby corns?

    Mine are very tall now and have some type of dried flower coming out of the tops of them.

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    The cobs form on the stem, you'll see these as what look like side shoots to begin with. The flower on the top is the male part and tapping the stem will promote the pollen to drop on the female flowers below which appear from the "side shoots" as hairy tassles.
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    thats great, Thanks

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    When you say "baby corn", do you mean the tiny ones which you use in stir-fry? Or just small sized 'corn-on-the-cob'?
    It does make a difference to the harvesting: The stir-fry type (such as Minipop) are harvested before they are pollinated, as they're really just an immature form of cob. So they are harvested when the bits on the sides of the stalk have grown into a long bulge with the silky 'tassels' (look like pale green/whitish threads in a bunch) just coming out of the top. Whereas the ones you eat as 'corn-on-the-cob' must be pollinated. So these will grow long bulges on the side of the stalk, and the tassels will come out of the top, the pollen will drop down from the grassy bit on the top & stick to the tassels to pollinate the cobs. Eventually, the tassels will turn a chocolatey brown colour & your corn will be ready to harvest. Pull down some of the leaves around the cob (like peeling a banana) until you see a bit of corn, stick your thumbnail in & if the juice is milky it's ready. You just kind of bend it away from the stem & it comes off quite easily.

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    Mr&MrsB is offline Seedling
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    oo im all confused now?

    The ones i have are the baby ones that you use in stir frys.
    The have grown tall stalks with lots of long leaves coing off them and they have now got the tassle type flower coming out of the top of each stalk (have about 3 or 4 stalks)

    So what do i do with them now?

    Sorry for all the questions, but thanks for helping!

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    thanks capsid,i went to inspect my corn today and have noticed it has changed just as you described.i will try a bit of tapping tomorrow! thanks
    Spiderpig

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    I'm growing baby sweetcorn for the first time, the tassles are out and the cobs are forming with grassy heads, but when do you know it is time to pick them ?

    I have only grown five in a large pot as they take up a lot of room and I've promised them to my children, one being a non sweetcorn eater trying for the first time. I'm sure they'll let me have just one, do you think ?
    I'm new to veggies, but trying !

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    Mr&MrsB is offline Seedling
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    im even more confused!!!

    I have the long stalks and the dry tassle flowers are out of the tops, but i cant see any baby corn forming anywhere???

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