Glass Gem Corn (Zea mays) 寶石玉米
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.
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.
Wow – that is truly beautiful! Have you been able to taste it, or is glass gem corn better for making flour?
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!
This is exquisitely astonishing! I have never seen this before and am delighted that you shared it with all of us! This is so wonderful. Thank you.
You are welcome! Glad you enjoy my post! I have fun to grow them. More cobs will be ready to be harvested soon! 🙂
If you are interested in some plants I have and maybe I can exchange some plant seeds that I am looking for. Also, in the end of the year, always have some to give away. I hope my followers will be happy! 🙂
You are most kind and generous but my health does not allow me to garden any longer; however, if there is a seed of a plant that I have access too then I would be more than happy to mail it to you. Just let me know what you are looking for and I will look around. I live in Pennsylvania, USA so just let me know.
Thank you, Tina! I am looking for seeds of Ribes sanguineum (red-flowering currant) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribes_sanguineum , it is very common in U.S., you probably have seen them flowering in spring. Here we have yellow flowering currant. Ribes aureum, known commonly as the golden currant or yellow flowering currant.
I will look for the seeds. When I find them I will let you know and then you can send me your address so that I can mail them out to you. I would be most happy to do this.
Thank you, Tina! I appreciate your help! 🙂
It is fun! So colorful, isn’t it? 🙂
My husband is the son of a farmer and even he has never seen this before. How lovely it is. Thank you for sharing. Lovely!
You are welcome! It is a native corn. It seems becoming more common now. 🙂
It is! 🙂
I’ve never seen this before. Super pretty 🙂
I like it a lot, too! Very easy to grow. I will have some to give away in the end of year for my blog followers. 🙂
I thought it was trick photography at first. Never imagined that this existed. Beautiful!
It is quite colorful!, I wonder if other cobs will be different colour combination. 🙂
I don’t like corn. But becuase this is pink, I now love it!
Where can I find glass gem corn?
Beautiful! I wish I would know where to get these in New York
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! 🙂
It’s hard to believe this occurs naturally but I have seen these ears before–so gorgeous!
It is fun to reveal the colour of the corn in the end! You got to appreciate the art of mother nature! 🙂
stunning photos and I have never see such beautiful solorful corns before….
It was fun to reveal the colour combination when I harvested them! 🙂
That ‘s amazing the colorful corn is reap from your harvest….
Very interesting. And this all natural?
Yes, this is all natural! 🙂
Those corn kernels are amazing! I didn’t know they came in such beautiful colours.
They are so pretty to look at! 🙂
That is so beautiful! I never knew corn came in such pretty colors, just like candy 🙂
They are very pretty to look at and very easy to grow! 🙂
Love the color!
Aren’t they pretty! 🙂
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…! 🙂
Only in the end of what we learned matter to our life and society. The best farmer is always learning, less from books but more from other farmers. We gardeners should all like that! 🙂
This is the most beautiful corn I’ve ever seen!!
Same here! 🙂
I’ve just learnt something new, never seen corn like that before, thank you for sharing! 🙂
You are welcome! I am glad you like my post! It is fairly easy to grow. 🙂
Wow! Beautiful! I have seen deep red and deep blue corn in Mexico but never a combination of pastel colors like this. By the way, thanks for liking my post “Majestic".
Thank you, too! I am glad you like the native glass gem corn. 🙂
This is so beautiful and interesting. We are lucky you are such an adventurous gardener, who likes to share what you learn. Thanks!
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.