Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays)
Saved (StellaLou Farm, Cochranville, PA)
Direct sow into the richest soil available 1-2 weeks before last spring frost. Succession-planting prolongs harvest; planting in blocks improves pollination.
Sprouts in 7-10 days. Ideal temp 75-80F. Seed depth 1-2". Spacing 12" apart. 6-12 hours of full sun minimum.
Leave your seed corn in place when you harvest your eating corn. Seed corn needs at least one to two more months in the field before it is harvested. Watch for the seed corn's ear husks to begin to dry and turn brown. Harvest the ears on the next dry day and before the first frost. Pull back the husks of each ear to expose the kernels. Use the husks to braid three or four ears together in a bunch. Repeat the procedure until all the seed corn is bunched. Hang the bunches in a room where the air is dry and warm but not too hot. Air-drying the corn kernels helps to prevent mold. Shell the kernels from the dry ears. Use one hand to hold an ear over a large bowl and twist off the kernels with your other hand. Store the container in a dry, cool area until planting time, after the ground warms.
This seed was saved at StellaLou Farm, from seed originally purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Bred by Carl "White Eagle" Barnes, legendary corn breeder of Cherokee descent. 3-8" ears covered in translucent kernels really do shine brilliantly like glass, amazing color!
Used for decoration, popcorn, or if you have a strong mill, flour is possible.