Glass Gem Ornamental Corn

Glass Gem is the rock star of the Ornamental Corn world. Bred by Oklahoma Cherokee farmer Carl Barnes in the early 1990s, after years of development by a friend, pictures of its ears went viral online in 2012, and many were convinced that they were altered to make the ears appear as vibrant as they actually are. The translucent kernels look like intensely colorful glass beads and, while they make for wonderful autumn displays, they can also be popped or ground into cornmeal. Height: 6' to 9'. One packet of about 150 seeds
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  • Zea mays. When the days begin to shorten and the nights begin to cool, the urge to welcome fall with displays of Pumpkins, mums and Ornamental Corn begins to grow. Growing your own Ornamental Corn is easy and fun. Two to three weeks after the last spring frost date, direct-sow seeds 1” deep in several short rows to form a block, which maximizes pollination and kernel formation. Thin seedlings to 12" apart and fertilize and water occasionally. Harvest after the husks have dried by giving the ears a sharp downward tug. Allow the ears to dry in a covered spot for an additional 1 to 2 weeks before peeling back the husks completely. Deer resistant. Annual. Summer flowering.

    Average seed life: 3 years.
Zea mays. When the days begin to shorten and the nights begin to cool, the urge to welcome fall with displays of Pumpkins, mums and Ornamental Corn begins to grow. Growing your own Ornamental Corn is easy and fun. Two to three weeks after the last spring frost date, direct-sow seeds 1” deep in several short rows to form a block, which maximizes pollination and kernel formation. Thin seedlings to 12" apart and fertilize and water occasionally. Harvest after the husks have dried by giving the ears a sharp downward tug. Allow the ears to dry in a covered spot for an additional 1 to 2 weeks before peeling back the husks completely. Deer resistant. Annual. Summer flowering.

Average seed life: 3 years.
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