The weather here has been normal for Las Vegas—lucky us!—unlike other parts of the country. ‘Japanese Hulless’ popcorn (top photo, below) is 7 feet tall in my garden. One of the stalks has three ears on it, the rest have one or two ears. It is probably about 15 days away from harvest (it just started to silk). We had high winds through here and some of it blew over.
‘On Deck’ (lower photo), the new dwarf sweet corn from Burpee, is 6 feet tall in my garden. I thought that by starting two different corn varieties three weeks apart I wouldn’t have a problem with cross pollination. However, I have pollen on both. Hmmm—does sweet corn cross with popcorn?
The little corn plants in flats in six-pack pots on the table will be planted this weekend in the front yard. This variety is ‘Pennsylvania Dutch Butter Flavored’ popcorn, which was a previous Organic Gardening test variety and I loved it. I have been growing it every year and sharing popcorn with friends. A curious thing is that they don’t pop it because it is not packaged for the microwave and they don’t know how to pop corn on the stove (or over a fire). So I have to pop it and give it to them in bags, ready to eat. My friends are popcorn cripples! This stuns me. —Leslie Doyle, Las Vegas, Nevada