Steve Farmer wrote:I live on an island hundreds of miles from and on a different continent to the mainland. Most goods including packaged seed come by ship and are more suited to the mainland. The islands are subsidised and people eat imported food while the majority of the land is unused and the rain runs thru the canyons into the sea.
I identify the reason that something won't grow and persist while changing its environment as much as possible until it grows, then I take seeds. What is your climate issue - too hot/cold? not enough rainfall etc? Use a greenhouse/shade cloth or plant indoors or by a pond or in filtered sunlight or add grow lights or whatever and your corn will grow. Do just enough to get it to grow and it has a better chance of ending up hardy. I find it only takes a few breeding iterations to make something significantly more suited to the local climate than whatever I started off with. For example I have for the first time been able to harvest peas in July this year with temps hitting 40C+ several times during the current crop. That took saving seeds from growing them in the low/mid 30s during the past couple of early summers.
You could start far more corn plants indoors than you want to end up with and select for the best ones. Intensive but if you want a landrace that badly then it's worth the effort?
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
My best seed comes from local farm stands and the farmer's market. Sweet corn is already viable by the time it's picked for eating.
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