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Growing => Vegetables => Topic started by: langdon on May 08, 2010, 07:21:20 pm

Title: sweetcorn
Post by: langdon on May 08, 2010, 07:21:20 pm
has anyone had any luck with getting your seeds going?
we sowed lots in pots but with no joy yet :(
last year by this time they were going strong.
dont know if the cold weather has held them back from getting of to a good start.
with the amount that flourished last year i had visions for more :(
ah well
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: JD on May 08, 2010, 07:46:46 pm
Hi Langdon, don't know what the weather has been like down your way but up here the ground temperature is still low so outdoor sowings have been very slow. (we had a frost here in Glasgow last night) Even sowings in my unheated greenhouse are slowly germinating whereas seeds sown and kept in the house are doing very well. My sweetcorn is still indoors but started on the hardening off today.
JD
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: langdon on May 08, 2010, 08:02:12 pm
ya mine are in the potting shed, thats where i started them of last year.
anyway my father in law is trying them too as we grow our veg together,
so i will just nick some of his!!!!!!!!!
 :farmer:
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Hermit on May 08, 2010, 08:18:15 pm
Mine have been in the polytunnel for about three weeks now and are three inches high.They are slower this year but it has been a colder spring.
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Daveravey on May 09, 2010, 12:44:42 pm
Ours were sown direct into the bed about a month ago & are up about 1 1/2 inches which surprises me to say the least.

Dunno if they'll come to much tho'    :-\
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Hermit on May 09, 2010, 01:36:12 pm
Reading back I meant to say have germinated for three weeks  and 3" high not planted three weeks ago. oops.
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: northfifeduckling on May 09, 2010, 09:38:25 pm
I did not expect them all to germinate so I'm awash with sweetcorn this year. Where are you, langdon??

I soaked them in the greenhouse for a day or 2 first and waited until I could see the growing tip before I put them in moist seed trays. I've now transplanted them into bigger pots, waiting for the polytunnel to get covered... :&>
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: fifixx on May 10, 2010, 09:58:35 am
Mine are all up 2 weeks after sowing in the greenhouse - an inch or so only...although if the promised warm spell starts next weekend, everything will go mad!!
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Olly398 on May 10, 2010, 10:44:42 am
Mine have germinated fine in an unheated coldframe in London town. Ones I sowed a month ago came up after about 10 days and are now about 4-6" high.
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: sabrina on May 10, 2010, 03:39:37 pm
No sign of mine yet but I am not surprised. Nothing is doing what it should be and too cap it all we had snow showers this morning  :o
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: langdon on May 10, 2010, 08:34:10 pm
we are in tenby south wales.
its funny we had no probs last year in them getting of to a good start.
it gets nice and warm in the potting shed on a good day.
im baffled, but as i said i will just have to nick some of my father in laws if his does any better!!!!
langdon :farmer: :pig: :chook: :goat: :dog: :cat:
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: northfifeduckling on May 10, 2010, 08:37:03 pm
if you were  any closer - I have plenty!   :&>
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: langdon on May 10, 2010, 09:16:42 pm
ahh ta
thats nice of you,
does sweetcorn do well in the post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: northfifeduckling on May 10, 2010, 09:52:29 pm
I doubt it, RM takes too long these days.... But - I'll consider it if we don't have the tunnel up next week and nobody wants to swap plants at our meeting/lunch in Guardbridge... :&>
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Fluffywelshsheep on May 11, 2010, 01:08:17 pm
 :wave: I bought sweetcorn seedlings in :) they are out in the grown as they were too much for the pot they where in

99p for 6 in a pot
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: northfifeduckling on May 11, 2010, 01:34:50 pm
no, Linz...and I'm sitting on my lot!
if you need any more I can bring them next week. I am hunting for a few cucumber plants as mine didn't germinate... :&>
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Wizard on May 11, 2010, 01:43:11 pm
Hey up NFD There seems to be a problem with some cues I planted 6 seeds most carefully none Brian filled a 9"pot chucked some seeds on top and a handfull of compost cover and there is a dozen healthy seedlings.So I filled 6 3" pots droped a seed in each not bothering to set the seed on end and I have 5 Why?Silly Things
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Fluffywelshsheep on May 11, 2010, 02:21:45 pm
I don't do que myself but i do have seeds (i think) so i can look em out if your interested
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: northfifeduckling on May 11, 2010, 02:31:44 pm
is it not too late for starting them off , Linz?  :&>
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Fluffywelshsheep on May 11, 2010, 04:00:46 pm
lol, i've no idea ,lol
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Wizard on May 11, 2010, 05:31:51 pm
Rumour is it's never to late :D
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Alice on May 11, 2010, 09:31:39 pm
I was once told -

it's often too early but seldom too late  :farmer:
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Wizard on May 12, 2010, 07:41:15 am
I'll go with that Alice (of course its to late in December and to early in January.) ??? :farmer:I will look back when Worsley Farms planted 97 acres direct drilled I know they combined it in December and it was frosty :farmer:
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Alice on May 12, 2010, 09:56:18 pm
blimey, 97 acres.  Imagine weeding that.!   :o
Title: Re: sweetcorn
Post by: Wizard on May 13, 2010, 07:08:10 am
Trouble is Alice I just don't seem to manage posting a picture I have video of it being set (seeds) sprayed with herbicide Various states of growth and harvesting.When it was harvested it was sort of roughly ground and forced into a big plastic sausage say 2 meter diameter and 2 of them 50 metres long It was sold as stock feed.I did say to the Farms Manager "Are you going to make your own Southern Comfort Dave" Not going to tell you his reply on here.I have the whole thing on video I can take one frame and make a picture but I cannot seem to get the picture on here. ??? ;D :farmer: