Popcorn (Zea mays subsp. mays 'Glass Gem') in the Zeas Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Fruit: Edible to birds
Edible Parts: Fruit
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers

There is a lot of variability in color, but each is beautiful.

Celebrating Fall Harvested VegetablesCelebrating Fall Harvested Vegetables
By dave on October 10, 2015

We open the Fall Harvested Vegetables Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Posted by DogsNDaylilies (SE Michigan - Zone 6a) on Jan 30, 2016 8:51 AM

I just learned that sometimes Glass Gem doesn't pop quite the same as other popping corns, but any kernels that don't pop are great as "parched" corn, a somewhat chewy, tasty snack that can be stored for a while if needed (i.e. they have a good shelf-life).

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Posted by passiflora (Central AL - Zone 8a) on Dec 14, 2013 7:28 AM

Offered for the first time in 2012 by Native Seeds. This rare heirloom ornamental corn has multicolored kernels that shimmer like glass gems when freshly picked. Only a limited number of seeds were offered the first year, so I saved all of my small crop to plant this year. The color of the ears varies considerably as shown in the photos, but each is beautiful. If you have small children around, then you should consider growing it for them, because each ear you unwrap is a delightful surprise...like Christmas in July! It should also bring a premium at specialty markets. If only the opalescent shine remained after the corn had dried for ornamental use in the fall! Still, dried it makes an attractive display.

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Posted by keithp2012 (Long Island, NY - Zone 7a) on Apr 9, 2016 6:04 PM

I have seeds to give away of this for free currently, US only. Send me a tree mail with your address if interested.

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