Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays) 寶石玉米

Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays) 寶石玉米

 

Glass Gem Corn -- harvest time!(Zea mays) 寶石玉米 -- 收成了!

Glass Gem Corn — harvest time!(Zea mays) 寶石玉米 — 收成了!

The second cob of glass gem corn. 寶石玉米第2穗收成了.

The second cob of glass gem corn. 寶石玉米第2穗收成了.

The third cob of glass gem corn. 寶石玉米第3穗收成了.

The third cob of glass gem corn. 寶石玉米第3穗收成了.

The 4th cob of glass gem corn. 寶石玉米第4穗收成了.

The 4th cob of glass gem corn. 寶石玉米第4穗收成了.

Beautiful and colorful glass gem corn kernels!  寶石玉米的美麗多彩玉米粒!

Beautiful and colorful glass gem corn kernels! 寶石玉米的美麗多彩玉米粒!

 

Glass Gem Corn and Tourmaline are all natural  and so similar! 寶石玉米和電氣石(碧璽)都是天然的且有相似的花色.

Glass Gem Corn and Tourmaline are all natural and so similar! 寶石玉米和電氣石(碧璽)都是天然的且有相似的花色.

Glass Gem Corn is showing grain colour (Zea mays) 寶石玉米的玉米粒顯色了

Glass Gem Corn is showing grain colour (Zea mays) 寶石玉米的玉米粒顯色了

Glass Gem Corn 寶石玉米結穗中

Glass Gem Corn 寶石玉米結穗中

Something about corn:

1.Corn plant has male and female flowers, usually the tassel (male) shows on the top first.  It is annual.

2.Corn stigma is called “silk".

3.Female inflorescence is with young silk.  After pollinated the silk turns dark and dry.

4.Many small male flowers make up the male inflorescence, called the tassel.

5.When corn cob matures the outside layers (husk) turn outward called ‘ears’.

6.Hybrid corn (use different plant pollen to pollinate female flower) will have stronger gene which grow bigger and taller and able to grow more corn.

7.Glass gem corn is a native corn, not genetically modified.

8.Many different types of corn in the world are for different uses in food.  Some with hard kernels are good for corn flour or for pop corn.  Soft sweet kernels are good for quick cook vegetables.

9.About 90% of the corn grown in the US has been genetically modified.

10.Growing from seed to harvest usually takes around 3.5 months.

一些有關玉米的知識:

1.一株玉米有雄花和雌花之分. 植株頂上先開雄花花序,再從植株腋下長出的是雌花序,玉米是屬於風媒花.  它是一年生的作物.

2.有絲狀流蘇的花是雌花花序.

3.雌花花序的絲狀流蘇授粉前是淺綠色的,授粉後是褐色的.

4.雄花花序是由很多小花所組成的頂生花穗.

5.玉米穗成熟時穗外的包覆上會有揚起的耳狀部份,包覆會變乾黃即是種子成熟,要食用的甜玉米不可等太熟才採收.

6.玉米同品種雜交的後代植株較高,較強壯,產量也較高.

7.寶石玉米是原生的玉米品種,不是基因改良的產物.

8.世上的玉米依用途的種類有品種的不同,有的是玉米粒含水低,很硬的是用來做為磨粉做玉米麵粉,玉米澱粉或是爆米花用的玉米,含水量較高較甜的是用來水煮吃的,有的玉米是以採未熟的嫩雌花序,即是玉米筍.

9.美國約有90%的玉米都是基因改良過的玉米.

10.玉米由種子到採收的種植期約為3.5個月.

45 thoughts on “Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays) 寶石玉米

    • Beautiful, isn’t it? Looks like colorful candy! 🙂
      Glass gem corn is normally used for pop corn or corn flour.

      But if you soak whole cob (don’t peel the husk) in salt water overnight (it will be soften and sweeter) then cook it in a rice cooker once for half cooked (so corn will not continuously aged to be too hard to eat), this half cooked corn can be store in fridge/freezer, when you want to eat it just cook in rice cooker again then enjoy!

    • Do you have enough space to grow them? They are better in the ground so can grow many big cobs of corn, otherwise will be too small. If you have a big property you will need many seeds. You can purchase on line from: Native Seeds or Seed Trust http://shop.nativeseeds.org/collections/corn-popcorn/products/ts363 (50 seeds per packet for $5.95 + Shipping & Handling Charges: Quoted shipping charges include a 20% (of total shipping charges) plus $1.00 handling charge.
      Personally I think 50 seeds is many but total price is kind of high.
      I had 10 seeds to begin with, squirrels destroy half.. But even that, now I still end up with lots of seeds! 🙂

      Perhaps you want to wait for my end of year event, I will give away 10 seeds per follower, there will be 10 lucky followers will win. Be the lucky one! 🙂

  1. And, thanks for quick facts re corn reproduction! Alas, I still to this date regret not learning more, in my beloved Botany 101 class many years ago, about corn. I came into the final exam with one of the highest grades in the class, but b/c I couldn’t say much in response to a question on corn, I slipped to a B. All these years later, that still bugs me…! 🙂

    • You are welcome! There are more adventurous gardeners out there… Lots of information from research and experiences from these “pioneers" you can find on the all kinds of gardening websites. The difficult thing of the most of times was getting/purchasing seeds.
      😦

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