Glass Gem Corn
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This rare open-pollinated versatile corn has been described as "the most beautiful corn in the world" - and it truly is!
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This rare open-pollinated versatile corn has been described as "the most beautiful corn in the world" - and it truly is! It's not just ornamental, though: it's great for eating, whether you pick it young and eat as sweet corn, or let it dry and grind it.
The ears come in a variety of color combinations and patterns, as you can see from the picture. A single ear can have red, pink, purple, green, yellow, cream, and blue kernels.
Another cool thing about this corn: occasionally a stalk will produce not only two, but THREE ears!
|Lifecycle:||1 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|USDA Zones:||4 to 8|
|Propagation / Germination:||Corn requires very rich soil. Work in manure or compost, and maybe some organic fertilizer and mineral soil amendments such as greensand and rock phosphate. I grew this corn totally organically, with all-natural fertilizers and no pesticides, but if you have trouble getting a hold of organics, you can always "cheat" and use Miracle-Gro. Plant corn in at least four rows (they need to be grouped together for adequate pollination), each row about 2 feet from the next, seed about 8 inches from the next. PLant about an inch deep unless the weather is very dry (in which case, plant deeper). Check your local growing zones for the best time to plant corn....usually, you want to get it in as soon as possible after all danger of frost. Keep open-pollinated corn separate from any other corn plantings, so the seed won't cross-pollinate with other varieties.|
|Spacing:||eight inches apart, in rows 2-3 ft apart|