why are my corn and bean seedlings already fruiting?

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why are my corn and bean seedlings already fruiting?

Post by Charis Anne B » Thu, 02 Jun 1994 11:17:52



I started a number of vegis and flowers in peat pots and Park Seed
company starting mix this year.  They did as well as I expected (mostly
successful, a few failures), but now I have a strange problem.  I
transplanted half of my corn and bean seedlings a few weeks ago.  Both
the ones I transplanted and the ones I have yet to transplant are SETTING
FRUIT!  I can't believe my eyes!  Tiny 8" bean plants with 2" beans on
them already...the corn is about as high as the beans, and the ears that
are developing take up almost the entire plant.  The ears even have quite
a bit of silk coming out!  I rather wish they would spend a little more
time getting big before they get to fruiting...

Does anyone have any experience with a problem like this?  What could
have caused this strange phenomenon?  It is not happening to any of the
other seedlings (tomato, lettuce, spinach, herbs, flowers, etc...).

Thanks for helping someone who is starting things from seed for the first
time!

-Charis Baz
Oakland, California

 
 
 

why are my corn and bean seedlings already fruiting?

Post by Leah Beckm » Fri, 03 Jun 1994 06:22:05



|> I started a number of vegis and flowers in peat pots and Park Seed
|> company starting mix this year.  They did as well as I expected (mostly
|> successful, a few failures), but now I have a strange problem.  I
|> transplanted half of my corn and bean seedlings a few weeks ago.  Both
|> the ones I transplanted and the ones I have yet to transplant are SETTING
|> FRUIT!

<snip>

I am not a vegetable expert at all, but sometimes plants will set fruit when
they think their life is limitted or other types of growth is limitted---
in this case they might be root bound.  Some of those peat pots do not
really allow roots to grow through and should be removed before planting.

Whether this is the cause of the problem or not, it gives me a chance to announce
a discovery that I made this year----there is a cheap brand of peat pots
that actually works better!  I guess because the walls are thinner the roots
grow though it much more readily.  It has a somewhat weird name---Fertl-Grow,
or something close.  I initially avoided them because they said that they
contain some type of fertalizer and I prefer controlling what I give my
seedlings.  However, Home Depot had a very good price on them and I've decided
that I like them better.  They come in small and large individual pots and
small and large strips of connected rectangular pots.  The roots grow
particularly well with the strips because they are protected (not as much
air space). (I guess I am admitting <blush> to starting some of my seeds
to soon or planting them later than I should have)

Leah Beckman

 
 
 

why are my corn and bean seedlings already fruiting?

Post by Brook F. Duer » Sat, 04 Jun 1994 22:06:59


Quote:


>|> I started a number of vegis and flowers in peat pots and Park Seed
>|> company starting mix this year.  They did as well as I expected (mostly
>|> successful, a few failures), but now I have a strange problem.  I
>|> transplanted half of my corn and bean seedlings a few weeks ago.  Both
>|> the ones I transplanted and the ones I have yet to transplant are SETTING
>|> FRUIT!

><snip>

>I am not a vegetable expert at all, but sometimes plants will set fruit when
>they think their life is limitted or other types of growth is limitted---
>in this case they might be root bound.  Some of those peat pots do not
>really allow roots to grow through and should be removed before planting.

>Whether this is the cause of the problem or not, it gives me a chance to announce
>a discovery that I made this year----there is a cheap brand of peat pots
>that actually works better!  I guess because the walls are thinner the roots
>grow though it much more readily.  It has a somewhat weird name---Fertl-Grow,
>or something close.  I initially avoided them because they said that they
>contain some type of fertalizer and I prefer controlling what I give my
>seedlings.  However, Home Depot had a very good price on them and I've decided
>that I like them better.  They come in small and large individual pots and
>small and large strips of connected rectangular pots.  The roots grow
>particularly well with the strips because they are protected (not as much
>air space). (I guess I am admitting <blush> to starting some of my seeds
>to soon or planting them later than I should have)

>Leah Beckman

        I start my mellons in peat pots and I find it imperative to pull
        (tear out) several (about 10) holes in the sides in order for the
        roots to escape.  This year I forgot to do it to 3 melon plants
        in a row of about 50, and the difference is huge.  The plants that
        had to push throough the peat pots are way behind (smaller) that the
        ones I put some holes in.  Gotta be careful not to yank the roots
        also.
        Brook