In the normal course of life I purchased a few cobs of corn with their sheaths intact, ready to use in salads and stir fry meals. I wondered. If I was to dry the kernels, would these commercially grown corn cobs have been manipulated genetically or in some other way so that the kernels would not sprout and grow. I asked a friend who didn’t have an answer.
The easy thing is to try. So I carved off one end of the cob and have let it age and air dry in my heat-pumped uniform temperature house.
I have now rescued each corn kernel; they are dry and stored.
In pots I will try and germinate some in early October with a view to planting them in the garden late in October. Others I will plant directly into the ground because I am not sure whether they cope with being transplanted. All an experiment. Maybe I am a little mad. Possibly its a waste of effort, but time will tell!