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Organic Glass Gem Corn

Opening each ear of Organic Glass Gem Corn is like unwrapping a gift. Each vivid, translucent kernel is a unique hue of lavender, indigo, chartreuse, pink grapefruit and cream with hundreds of hues in between.

Though typically grown as an ornamental, Glass Gem is also a scrumptious flour corn and we love to enjoy its rich, nutty polenta.

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Organic Glass Gem Corn

Description

Opening each ear of Organic Glass Gem Corn is like unwrapping a gift. Each vivid, translucent kernel is a unique hue of lavender, indigo, chartreuse, pink grapefruit and cream with hundreds of hues in between. Though typically grown as an ornamental, Glass Gem is also a scrumptious flour corn and we love to enjoy its rich, nutty polenta. Our Glass Gem has a larger ear size than most Glass Gem with ears averaging 8 inches and early maturity compared to other strains. With abundant fertility and water, we get 6-8 side shoots each producing 1-3 additional ears. Glass Gem is a new variety developed by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder from Oklahoma. Glass Gem is perfect for three sisters gardens when grown with pole dry beans and any vining winter squash, like Sibley or Honeynut.

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1 review for Organic Glass Gem Corn

chroberson17 – September 6, 2021

Just stunning, and so easy! This seed produced healthy stalks with multiple multicolored ears! They needed nothing more than a little thinning to ensure proper spacing. I allowed the stalks to dry, and at harvest made the most beautiful fall decor to share with family and friends. This is absolutely a must sow if you are looking to grow something lovely.

Heather – September 21, 2021

Awww Yay! Thanks for sharing them with the people that you love! They truly are a glorious sight and I am so glad that you had a joyful and easy time growing them Don’t hesitate to reach out anytime!- Heather & The Fruition Crew

Glass Gem Organic

Oklahoma native Carl Barnes selected the stunning Glass Gem Organic corn seeds from several traditional heirlooms known for their beauty. Words don’t do justice to the multicoloured, translucent, gem-like kernels on these amazing cobs. Read More

Matures in 105 days

Season Warm season

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CERTIFIED ORGANIC! Oklahoma native Carl Barnes selected the stunning Glass Gem Organic corn seeds from several traditional heirlooms known for their beauty. Words don’t do justice to the multicoloured, translucent, gem-like kernels on these amazing cobs. The plants are sturdy and grow 6-8′ tall, with several 18-20cm (7-8″) long ears. The kernels can be popped or ground into flour, but they’re almost too beautiful to part with. Consider starting this one indoors, as it has a long maturation. The kernels take on these extraordinary colours as they dry so they make exceptional autumn displays. No two cobs are identical.

Matures in 105 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)

Quick Facts:

    • Absolutely stunning
    • Kernels can be popped or ground
    • Open-pollinated heirloom
    • Matures in 105 days

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    Glass Gem Organic

    All About Glass Gem Organic

    Latin

    Latin
    Zea mays
    Family: Poaceae

    Difficulty

    Difficulty
    Moderately challenging

    Season & Zone

    Season & Zone
    Season: Warm season
    Exposure: Full-sun

    Timing

    Timing
    Direct sow in late spring. If the soil is not warm enough, seeds often rot before sprouting – especially when not treated with fungicide. Untreated corn seeds should be planted only when the soil has warmed up above 18°C (65°F) – warmer for super-sweet (sh2) types, and even warmer for a good stand. Use a soil thermometer. If spring weather is cold, consider planting in flats or individual pots, indoors with bottom heat, for transplanting. Seeds should germinate in 7-10 days. If it rains after planting and corn does not emerge, just re-plant the area.

    Starting

    Starting
    Do not soak corn seeds prior to planting. Plant 2-5cm (1-2″) deep (shallower for sh2 seed or in cool soil). Sow seeds around 7.5cm (3″) apart, in rows 60-90cm (24-36″) apart. Because corn is wind pollinated, plant in a dense block of at least 4 rows, rather than in single rows. This increases the chance of corn pollen, which emerges from male flowers at the growing tip, to fall down onto the receptive female silks that extend from each corn cob.

    Growing

    Growing
    Ideal pH: 5.8-6.8. Corn is a heavy feeder, so add manure or compost, and use 500g (1 lb) of complete organic fertilizer per 6m (60′) of row, mixing it thoroughly into the soil beneath each seed furrow. Thin to at least 20-25cm (8-10″) apart in the row. Large eared and double-eared varieties need to be 30cm (24″) apart. Keep free of weeds until knee-high, and then leave it alone.
    Use the days to maturity listed for comparative purposes among the varieties only – every garden may be different.

    Days to Maturity:

    Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

    Harvest

    Harvest
    When the silks at the end of an ear are a dry brown, the cob seems to start to droop, and the kernels release milky juice when cut.

    Harvesting Popcorn

    Harvesting Popcorn
    Leave the ears of popcorn varieties on the plants to dry as long as possible into late summer and early fall. The husks should turn yellow/brown as they dry and the kernels should harden. Once the plants appear to be completely dry, or if wet weather is in the forecast, harvest the ears and bring them indoors. Remove the husks. Store the ears in mesh bags in a warm, dry, airy location. The ideal humidity level for curing popcorn is 13 to 14%. Curing is the process after drying that allows for long term storage of popcorn kernels. Once a week, remove a few kernels and try popping them. Popcorn that is chewy or kernels that have jagged edges after popping both mean that the kernels are not dry enough. Continue curing and test-popping until the desired texture is reached. Then remove the kernels and store them in an air-tight container.

    Seed Info

    Seed Info
    In optimal conditions at least 85% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 2 years. Per 100′ row: 400 seeds, per acre: 87M seeds.

    Diseases & Pests

    Diseases & Pests
    Disease: Prevent disease and nutritional exhaustion of the soil by using 4-year crop rotation and composting old stalks.

    Pests:

    Pests: Wireworms are a pest in home gardens and may burrow into the seeds. Loopers are pale olive-green caterpillars up to 2.5cm (1″) long. They chew into the centre of young corn plants and can kill the plant if the growing tip is damaged. Seed corn maggot is a small, legless maggot that attacks germinating seed. Planting in warm soil or using predatory nematodes may help prevent seed-destroying soil creatures.

    Companion Planting

    Companion Planting
    Corn is a good companion to beans, beets, cucumber, dill, melons, parsley, peas, potato, soya beans, squash, and sunflower. Avoid planting next to celery or tomatoes. Amaranth makes a great mulch between rows by competing with weeds and conserving ground moisture.

    How to Grow Corn

    Step 1: Timing

    Direct sow in late spring. If the soil is not warm enough, seeds often rot before sprouting – especially when not treated with fungicide. Untreated corn seeds should be planted only when the soil has warmed up above 18°C (65°F) – warmer for super-sweet (sh2) types, and even warmer for a good stand. Use a soil thermometer. If spring weather is cold, consider planting in flats or individual pots, indoors with bottom heat, for transplanting. Seeds should germinate in 7-10 days. If it rains after planting and corn does not emerge, just re-plant the area.

    Step 2: Starting

    Do not soak corn seeds prior to planting. Plant 2-5cm (1-2″) deep (shallower for sh2 seed or in cool soil). Sow seeds around 7.5cm (3″) apart, in rows 60-90cm (24-36″) apart.

    Because corn is wind pollinated, plant in a dense block of at least 4 rows, rather than in single rows. This increases the chance of corn pollen, which emerges from male flowers at the growing tip, to fall down onto the receptive female silks that extend from each corn cob.

    Step 3: Growing

    Corn is a heavy feeder, so add manure or compost, and use 500g (1 lb) of complete organic fertilizer per 6m (60′) of row, mixing it thoroughly into the soil beneath each seed furrow. Thin to at least 20-25cm (8-10″) apart in the row. Large eared and double-eared varieties need to be 30cm (24″) apart. Keep free of weeds until knee-high, and then leave it alone.

    Step 4: Germination

    Days to maturity: From direct sowing.

    In optimal conditions at least 85% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 2 years. Per 100′ row: 400 seeds, per acre: 87M seeds.

    Step 5: Harvest

    When the silks at the end of an ear are a dry brown, the cob seems to start to droop, and the kernels release milky juice when cut.

    Step 6: Harvesting Popcorn

    Leave the ears of popcorn varieties on the plants to dry as long as possible into late summer and early fall. The husks should turn yellow/brown as they dry and the kernels should harden. Once the plants appear to be completely dry, or if wet weather is in the forecast, harvest the ears and bring them indoors. Remove the husks. Store the ears in mesh bags in a warm, dry, airy location. The ideal humidity level for curing popcorn is 13 to 14%. Curing is the process after drying that allows for long term storage of popcorn kernels. Once a week, remove a few kernels and try popping them. Popcorn that is chewy or kernels that have jagged edges after popping both mean that the kernels are not dry enough. Continue curing and test-popping until the desired texture is reached. Then remove the kernels and store them in an air-tight container.

    Disease: Prevent disease and nutritional exhaustion of the soil by using 4-year crop rotation and composting old stalks.

    Pests: Wireworms are a pest in home gardens and may burrow into the seeds. Loopers are pale olive-green caterpillars up to 2.5cm (1″) long. They chew into the centre of young corn plants and can kill the plant if the growing tip is damaged. Seed corn maggot is a small, legless maggot that attacks germinating seed. Planting in warm soil or using predatory nematodes may help prevent seed-destroying soil creatures.

    Companion Planting: Corn is a good companion to beans, beets, cucumber, dill, melons, parsley, peas, potato, soya beans, squash, and sunflower. Avoid planting next to celery or tomatoes. Amaranth makes a great mulch between rows by competing with weeds and conserving ground moisture.

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