Corn Flint Glass Gem Organic Seeds

Corn Flint Glass Gem Organic Seeds

Zea mays

Item #3176

100-110 days. An unbelieveably 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. Parched corn recipe inside packet.

This packet sows up to 19 ft.

Seedling Image

Days to Emerge:
5-10 days

Seed Depth:
1"-1 1/2"

Seed Spacing:
A group of 2 seeds every 12"

Row Spacing:
2'-3'

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

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost and when soil temperature is at least 60°F, ideally 65°‒90°F.

When to start inside: Not recommended.

Special sowing instructions: Since pollination occurs by wind, corn should be sown in short, parallel rows or blocks.

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 13.5‒14%.) After that, the cobs are ready for popping or stripping off the kernels to store in an airtight container. To strip off cured kernels, twist the cobs back and forth to loosen them (gloves are recommended).

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