Glass Gem Flint Corn Seeds

Organic

#3176
This packet sows up to 19 feet.
Availability: In Stock
An unbelievably stunning corn bred by part-Cherokee farmer, Carl Barnes, from ancestral, Native American corn. Ears are a kaleidoscope of gem-like, rainbow kernels. 'Glass Gem' goes beyond pretty ornamental corn, it can also be used to make cornmeal, flour, popcorn, or traditional parched corn.
$4.99 8 grams

Botanical Name: Zea mays

Days to Maturity: 100–110 days

Family: Poaceae

Native: Americas

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Plant Dimensions: 6'–10' tall

Variety Information: Ears are 3"–8" long, with colorful, opalescent kernels; 2–5 ears per stalk depending on conditions. Developed from crosses of heirloom Pawnee miniature popcorns with an Osage red flour corn, and another Osage corn called 'Greyhorse'.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: 1"–1 ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing: 24"–36"

Thinning: When 4" tall, thin to 1 every 12"

Harvesting: Let the ears dry on the stalks. The kernels are ready for harvest when they are hard and you can no longer leave a mark on them with your fingernail. Before the first fall frost, give each ear a twist until it breaks off. Peel back the husks, then hang the ears in a cool, dark, dry place for 4 to 6 weeks to cure. This is important to prevent mold and to dry to the optimal moisture percentage for popping. (In a perfect popcorn world, that would be 13½–14%.) After that, the cobs are ready for popping or storing. To strip off cured kernels, twist the cobs back and forth to loosen them (gloves are recommended).

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Glass Gem Flint Corn Seeds Reviews

2 reviews
Colorful display and delicious popcorn
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Mar 19, 2019
The Glass Gem corn performed quite well despite an intense drought last year. They are much slimmer and shorter than the Wachichu Flint I have grown in the past, but were more prolific in a small plot. Try to let the corn go as long as possible to achieve deeper color. Those I picked a week early were pale and not so glassy like those I picked later. The corn all seemed disappointingly pale when first picked, but the colors appeared over the drying period. The blue in the corn is more in the gray spectrum, but the purples, reds and golden yellows were gorgeous! After using as autumn decorations inside the house, I shelled most of the ears for popcorn. They popped up bright white, light as air on the tongue and had a richer flavor than any store-bought popcorn offers.
Caryn

Colorful Corn Didn't Grow
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Aug 23, 2019
I was really hoping this corn would grow. I love popcorn and this would have been very cute to leave out for decoration but none of the seeds grew for me this year.
Hannah
Owner Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Corn does take quite warm soil temperatures (over 65 degrees F) to germinate well and as a large seed, it can rot more easily in wet, cool soil. We will be in touch shortly to share some more tips for corn germination.

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