Container corn

June 21 - Apical/terminal bud, I think

June 21 – Apical/terminal bud, I think

It was first on June 17 that I noticed this new development at the top of the stalk of corn. It had been covered by the leaf originally, and obviously quite a bit smaller.

June 17 - I was watering and noticed something.  I flipped the leaf over and ta da!

June 17 – I was watering and noticed something. I flipped the leaf over and ta da!

From what I understand, the apical is responsible for primary growth. I also came across the term xylem, which┬áis the water transporting tissue in plants. This probably explains why I see beads of water on the leaves, even when it hasn’t been raining. I thought this piece of info from Maricopa College was interesting too: Water is pulled up the xylem by the force of transpiration, water loss from leaves. Mature corn plants can each transpire four gallons of water per week! I suppose I will have to keep this plant well hydrated! This weekend was the start of summer and it has come full force with very hot and humid temperatures. Today, with the humidex, it is supposed to feel like 39C!

Yesterday, 3 days later, there was another new development – tassels.

June 24 - tassels

June 24 – tassels

Tassels up close. Fine, silky and soft

Tassels up close. Fine, silky and soft

 

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