Jul
18
2013

Corn hand-pollination in the Three Sisters Garden

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Come out this afternoon to the Three Sisters Garden in the Big Back Yard to see and learn about how we are learning to increase the genetic diversity and vigor of our precious collection of American Indian heirloom corn varieties! We will have some guest coming to teach us how to transfer the pollen from one corn plant to fertilize the silk on another corn plant of the same variety. This is a time-consuming process that we will need to keep a close eye on all summer as the different varieties flower at different times. This help control any possible cross pollination with nearby varieties but also ensures that we don't have any cross-pollination with any corn grown up to two miles away - corn pollen can travel that far!

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