Sunday, May 8, 2011
For Amber Waves of Grain
One of my coworkers is growing container corn on his patio. Bravo I say. But the corn seed is not coming up- appears to be rotting into mush. I looked into possible causes and came up with quite a few possibilities. Apparently rotting corn seed is not a rare occurrence. In no particular order: the seed could be too old, cough over watering cough, the soil could have a fungus, or there could be bugs eating them to mush. The most likely bug culprits are wireworm, seedcorn maggots or seedcorn beetles. If you know the seeds are not old, I'd dump the soil and start fresh and make sure the container is really well draining. The seeds need to be moist to germinate but not overly wet.
A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine. -Anne Bronte