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Indescribably beautiful flint or popcorn comes in an endless range of colors. Translucent kernels really do shine brilliantly like glass—on the cob they resemble strands of glass beads! The 3-8" ears are consummately decorative, but edible and delicious as well. Makes firm little morsels when popped; can also be parched, ground into meal, and more. Sturdy plants reach to 9' in height, throw numerous sideshoots where the season is long enough. Bred from a number of Native varieties by Carl "White Eagle" Barnes, the famous Cherokee corn collector to whom we owe our gratitude for his life's work of collecting, preserving and sharing so many Native corn varieties.
Our current strain of Glass Gem was grown by Ron Boyd and Debra Clare of Mer-Girl Gardens in Alcalde, New Mexico. Ron sent us the stunning, full ears of glass gem popcorn from which our photographers created the cover for our Whole Seed Catalog. Understanding that their seeds would eventually end up in the hands of Baker Creek customers, the folks at Mer-Girl Gardens took great care in producing the finest quality seed possible. We can show our appreciation to Ron and Debra by visiting them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Mer-Girl-Gardens-295388580481343/timeline/.
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0 out of 0 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Very colorful, easy to grow
What are the cons? Some ears were very small
This corn turned out beautifully. It was our first time growing it in our school garden. It grew in a variety of colors and it was fun to harvest! It looks really cool! How long does it need to dry before we can pop it? We are eager to make some popcorn from it. Thank you!
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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Color & novelty
What are the cons? None!
I just harvested my first ears—wasn't sure they'd make it in the UK, although we had a hot end to the summer so had my fingers crossed. I got a range from almost no color (grown in a shadier place) to pale yellow/pink/purple to deep purple/pink/blue cobs. I think at least the more sun you give them, the deeper the color—although I'm curious why I got pinks and purples but no greens, oranges, deep yellows, etc. as in the photo—anyone know?
They're definitely runts compared to what you'd get in a better corn climate, but still worth it for the entertainment.
What are the pros? stunning beauty
What are the cons? none
This is seriously the most gorgeous thing I have every grown. I was like a kid at Christmas opening each individual ear to expose such unique gaspworthy beauty! Wow wow wow! Blues, purples, pinks, greens. This was grown in the finger lakes region of NY where we had the hottest summer on record with severe drought. I only watered 2-3 times a week and some of these stalks grew up to 8-9 feet tall! This will always be in my garden and am anxious to share the seeds with friends and family. STUNNING!!!
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? amazing color, hardiness
What are the cons? None
Started corn inside using cow pots and got over 90% germination. I got impatient and put the plants out too early and a couple of late frosts clobbered nearly half of it. We had a cold season and I was about to give up on it because it was looking really sad. However, I consolidated the remaining plants by transplanting them into the hills where the frost killed them. (I planted them in hills, 6 plants in a circular pattern about 8" apart, the hills being 5' apart on center. Don't ask me why I did it this way because I don't know ?? ) I then fertilized them with organic general fertilizer and waited to see what would happen. Eventually the plants really took off and grew over 12' tall, each plant having multiple side shoots. When I started harvesting the ears, I was amazed at the color diversity! While there seem to be color themes, each ear was different in its own way. I ended up harvesting a 5 gallon bucket and a half of corn stripped off the cob from about 20 hills. Good deal!
What are the pros? The colors, great germination
What are the cons? inconsistent colors
I grew a twenty five by twenty five foot stand. Every kernel germinated and grew! I fertilized a lot with fish emulsion. The stalks were at least 8 feet tall. Each stalk had at least 3 ears, some had 5! Fifty percent of the ears were plain yellow, 40% had some color or were pastel and pretty. 10% were spectacular and looked just like the cover of the 2016 catalog. Just wonderful!!! I'm not sure what is the norm for growing this corn as far as color consistency but It was such a treat to check each ear to see what I got. I planted on May 27th and started picking mature ears on August 24th. I still have more coming. I grew them for ornamental reasons, I haven't tried to pop them.