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General Category => Plant Breeding => Corn => Topic started by: Richard Watson on 2020-01-28, 09:54:45 PM

Title: Billiard maize
Post by: Richard Watson on 2020-01-28, 09:54:45 PM
I was given this maize by an old gardener who no longer had the physical means of carrying on growing this variety, I know little of its history or where it came from but its currently showing lots and lots of diversity, from dark red to green in the silks and stems. Plan is to select from the most productive with the plan stabilized it so as to pledge this as a new variety at some later stage.

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(https://i.ibb.co/zHDNZNV/DSC05215.jpg) (https://ibb.co/sJztqt9)

This cob is growing off the base on one plant
(https://i.ibb.co/0Q2Gk47/DSC05214.jpg) (https://ibb.co/QXQKZSg)

This plant has 10 cobs developing and is a plant that stands out from all others.
(https://i.ibb.co/pZb5R9q/DSC05213.jpg) (https://ibb.co/XpjM3vH)

Some of the longest silks ive ever seen
(https://i.ibb.co/T2h7sVC/DSC05212.jpg) (https://ibb.co/V9Bzs7K)
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: reed on 2020-01-29, 02:58:17 AM
Good looking corn over all and that multi cob plant is really interesting. I'm guessing it's a sweet corn?
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: Richard Watson on 2020-01-29, 10:22:48 AM
Good looking corn over all and that multi cob plant is really interesting. I'm guessing it's a sweet corn?

No it shouldn't be a sweet corn, the seed at planting time all looked incidental.
(https://i.ibb.co/k0LxzZR/DSC05216.jpg) (https://ibb.co/q9Hdh6t)
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: triffid on 2020-01-29, 01:36:56 PM
Beautiful plants, those silks are extraordinary. How many tillers on the 10-cob individual?
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: Richard Watson on 2020-01-29, 02:59:13 PM
Three main tillers and two small stem with a cob each at the top.
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: gmuller on 2020-01-30, 12:42:51 AM
Looks great, richard.
G
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: Richard Watson on 2020-01-30, 11:22:09 AM
Thanks Gregg. Just had another count up, there's 12 cobs on that one plant, though one of those is very small though. also removed the tassel off the long silk plant, hardly a desirable trait
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: Andrew Barney on 2020-01-30, 07:03:19 PM
Wow! That long red silked cob is wonderful and amazing!! Very beautiful! A keeper for sure!! It would be a shame to lose such wonderful diversity,  especially in New Zealand.
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: Richard Watson on 2020-01-30, 10:01:00 PM
Andrew - as much as the red silked plant is amazingly beautiful I really didn't think its worth risking letting it cross with the rest of the mob because the cob itself is a bit screw up, it will itself be pollinated by others and its seeds may be worth playing with later, but I didn't want its pollen over its neighbours. 


 
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: reed on 2020-01-31, 03:04:47 AM
The cob sticking out the end would be covered in bugs already here. I'd definitely detassel it,  maybe even cull it completely.
Title: Re: Billiard maize
Post by: Richard Watson on 2020-01-31, 04:54:24 PM
Detasseled it cant do any harm still there I reckon