Growing Vegetables/Corn

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What causes,corn to grow as high as11 feet and six inches tall, with only one mature ear of corn. A couple years ago, one,stalk had six ears of corn on it.

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Earnest, the height of the stalk has nothing to do with how many ears grow per plant.  Most varieties of corn, regardless of height, grow one larger mature ear and a smaller ear a foot or two below it. The degree of pollination will determine the size of the kernels and how full the ear grows.

Although I have never experienced one stalk growing six ears, it probably was a mutant plant.  With today's hybrids, some of the seed can produce strange characteristics. That's most likely what happened.

I hope this answered your question. Please write again if I can ever be of assistance.

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Mike

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Mike Mascio

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I have been an avid gardener since 1985 and an AllExpert volunteer since 1998. I specialize in soil preparation, seed starting and plant propagation, flowers, vegetables, and general landscaping. I am a strong advocate of the square foot method of gardening and the use of organic controls for pests and diseases.

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