Corn Plant

When you say Iowa most people think of corn. Normally what you see now are corn plants planted so close you can’t even walk between the rows. All you can see is a mass of corn plants. They weren’t always planted that way. It used to be planted so you could cultivate it in both directions. before that it was planted in individual hills. Today it’s rare to see an individual corn plant, but we happened to have a volunteer plant by a our barn from some stray corn kernel. I wanted to share it so you could see what the plant looks like. Note the leaves on alternating sides. Each corn plant can only grow two ears of corn, also on opposite sides.

UPDATED April 9 2016: I added a signature block and be sure to read the comments on this one.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

3 thoughts on “Corn Plant”

  1. Corn plants can produce more than two ears if conditions are right.
    Even when corn was hilled, they planted more than one kernel per hill. Then if a kernel didn’t germinate, a quite likely to happen event before modern seed production, there was still something growing in each hill.
    The corn plant was hilled in wide rows to allow a horse to walk between the rows. Ancient peoples of the Americas did not plant them so far apart.

  2. My mom had a volunteer corn plant in her yard last summer! We never did figure out where it came from. Usually she just has volunteer tomatoes. She didn’t get any corn but it looks cute as a Halloween decoration.

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