One of the stalks had multiple ears.
Mini-me demonstrating how to hand pollinate the corn.
18 February 2011 (64 days)After "laying by the corn" (the process of adding soil to the roots), i transplanted 3 bean plants (kacang buncis / 乌龟豆) to here. The corn stalks become the natural trellis for them.
Ears were getting bigger and silks were getting darker approaching to harverst.
The weird one, this plant with multiple ears had no silk! How come?! This bothered me a lot. Were they growing correctly? Were there kernels inside?
22 February 2011 (68 days)Another weird one here. Do you call this 1 ear? 3 ears? Or triplet?? The 2 little side ears came out late, when the middle big one was almost time to harverst. Is this normal??
24 February 2011 (70 days) Today I made a very difficult decision whether to harvest the corn or not. 70 days might be too early to harvest them but the silks were almost black and were calling for me. I decided to pull them all out finally. I got 7 ears from 4 plants. Looking good, but...
The triplet gave me biggest hope because the middle one was the biggest among all. But it had only one grain inside?!! Alamak...!! :( Okay-lah, not very bad as it consoled me with 2 edible baby corns...
The 2 with no silk had no grain at all :((
The only 2 that looked 'normal'. Grains were like 'burung kakak tua ♫♪ [sad version]'...
So all together i only had these from the harvest. Duh... (don't laugh nah!) Haha.
The 2 baby corns went into my lunch, chow-mein (fried noodle). Delicious and crunchy.
The other 2 'normal' corns were steamed and eaten too. Never had i tasted such sweet and nice corn before! There honestly are no words to describe the sensation of eating corn that fresh. That was really a moment to remember!
Although i didn't have much harvest this round, but i will definitely love to plant more next time. It gave me deep satisfaction in watching them grow and come to fruition, and then eat the fruits of my labours. And my little assistant enjoys shaking the stalks a lot too! Haha. The only thing i must not forget is not to be stingy on fertilising the plants to give me big fat corns next time!