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.
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Planting Method: Direct Sow Only
When to sow: Once soil temperatures are at least 65°F (mid-May to mid June) — seeds will rot in cooler temps.
Sowing and seedling care: Sow 6” apart (or 2 every 12”), and watch out for crows who like to eat germinating corn! For well-filled ears, sow in blocks rather than rows. Thin. Resist removing side-stalk ’tillers’ from this variety as they often produce 3-4 ears per stalk.
Seed Depth: 3/4 – 1 inch Sun Needs: Full
Days to Germination: 4-7 days at 75°F; 10 at 65°F
Spacing after thinning: 12 inches; rows 30-36″ apart
Days to Harvest: 115
Height: 6 feet
Harvest: Harvest when ears and stalks turn golden brown in fall. Peel husks back and dry out of the sun for 2 weeks with fans.