Renate Haeckler wrote:... save the seeds to plant next spring.
Renate Haeckler wrote:If I'm growing corn from several ears bought at different locations, would that prevent inbreeding problems? And my thought is, for future generations, to have a rating scale of time of ripening, size of ears, disease-resistance, ease of removing kernels, and beauty, and keep more or fewer kernels from each ear to plant next year depending on how well they score, so I'm not just planting kernels from one ear.
Jordan Lowery wrote:Beautiful, if your going to try grinding it for masa don't wash and rub all the pericap off, this is essential for a proper masa. I drain, fill with water and swish the bowl in a circle then drain, no rubbing. You may do this 2-3x.
Leila Rich wrote:
Off topic, but corn is apparently really susceptible to inbreeding depession and you need at least a couple of hundred plants to maintain strong genetics.
The seed should be fine next season, and probably much longer, but unless you're contiously adding seed with different genetics, seed saved from a small crop of corn will become quite pathetic quite quickly.
I've given up growing corn for various reasons, but being put off by the 200 plants thing is one!
David Williams wrote:The 200 plants number they refer to isn't on one plot, rather a "serviced pollen area"
If other people are growing relatives of corn/maize , fertilization will happen , building or destroying the gene pool