Originally Posted by Meadowlark
I was watching AgPhd the other day...ok, I'm a garden nut...and I learned something I had never heard of before regarding seed planting direction.
They showed actual results from corn that was planted point down vs point up vs sideways...and surprisingly to me it made a significant difference.
No question point down is significantly better. You've probably had experience with some seedlings that just don't sprout as quickly as others, that lag well behind in growth, and often never produce full ears of corn....those were the ones that were planted point up or sideways in this study.
They showed actual root formation in a time lapse of point down vs point up and it was remarkable the difference. Point up seeds put out a root that had to circle and turn downward and by the time it was headed down, the point DOWN seeds were well advanced.
I've used a row planter in the past but this year I'm planting less corn so will be doing it by hand...point down and going in the ground today.
Fixed it for you?? Interesting subject, thanks for posting