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    Default Popcorn and sweet corn

    This year i want to plant sweet corn and popcorn in the same garden.
    Can I do this? I've read that if you don't plant them atleast 250' apart "cross-pollination" can be an issue.
    Is that something i should worry about? I'm not gonna keep my own seed.
    And my the corn seed i have is supposed to be 60 some days till maturity, whereas popcorn is much longer
    I was thinking i could have some space between them (a few rows of sunflowers and maybe 'taters)

    Can I do this?

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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    Its NOT a good idea to have them that close! the pop corn will ruin the fine taste of the sweet corn!---these newer sweet corn varieties are super picky about being with/near other corns and some of the sweet corn varieties cant be planted near other sweet corns, so you need to figure which is most important to you---pop corn or sweet corn! I quit planting pop corn years ago when the new sweet corns came into being, because thats what I wanted!---popcorn is only a buck or so for a big bag at the supermarket and saves ruining your good sweet corn!
    Corn pollen can travel 6 miles so any corn in the close area can affect your corn to some extent but why take chances by putting it in the same garden? thanks; sonny580

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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    Thanks for the warning!

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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    I'm not an authority, but I always thought cross-pollination was an issue for future plants. In other words, the current plant will have all the taste, smell, and characteristics of its parent regardless of pollination source. Cross-pollination effects will not appear until you plant the seed of the cross-pollinated plant, so you should be fine.
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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    I made the mistake of planting sweet corn near field corn.....toughtest,nastiest sweet corn ever.

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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    You can run the risk of cross pollination in 2 ways. Distance and the other is time. As long as both varieties are not in the pollination phase near the same time, you should be OK. Think you would be OK if there was a 3-4 week difference for the varieties when they reach the pollination stage. That difference can be either or a combination of time to maturity or calendar time.
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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    Personally, I'd go with some Silver Queen or Peaches & Cream(my favorite) sweet corn and buy popcorn at Krogers.

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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    Is popcorn even worth growing yourself? I am not asking sarcastically, I just can't imagine the taste really varying much from store-bought popcorn. I am not much of a popcorn fan though, so maybe it's just me.

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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    Same taste. Just a hobby

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    Default Re: Popcorn and sweet corn

    Harris Seed offers a sweet corn planting Guide
    Compatible types without isolation

    su: su
    se: se, sy, SB
    sh2: sh2, shA
    shA: sh2, shA
    SB/SG: SB, sy, se
    sy: se, sy, SB

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