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Name: Kim
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klc
Feb 1, 2015 5:21 AM CST
Has anyone tried growing this corn??

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-story-behind-glass-gem-co...

I'm more interested in growing it for it's unusualness rather than eating it and was wondering how successful you may have been growing it. Any tips etc would be greatly appreciated!!
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
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dave
Feb 1, 2015 6:05 AM CST

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We have some info on this cultivar here:

Corn (Zea mays subsp. mays 'Glass Gem')

I've never grown it but it sure looks like a nice corn to grow! This'll go on my wishlist. Smiling
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MikeD
Feb 1, 2015 11:52 AM CST
What would you like too know about it klc? I have grown it for the past couple of years. As seen in the pictures, it has very beautiful ears. I have not tried it at the fresh or roasting stage but I have popped it. Not the best popper but very tasty. Most of the kernels that didn't fully pop did parch and were good as well.
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Name: Kim
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klc
Feb 1, 2015 3:42 PM CST
I guess my main question is...is it all it's hyped up to be?? I was thinking of trying to grow in in a big pot since I don't have room for it in the ground. Didn't want to "waste time" if it didn't have the colors etc.

Any tips on how to grow it? I've never grown corn before....
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 2, 2015 12:09 AM CST
I grew it. My plants got 6 foot tall so not sure if a pot is big enough. Yes the colors are real and beautiful and the pollen smells like Kix cereal LOL.
Name: Kim
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klc
Feb 2, 2015 6:57 AM CST
Ty for your responses Dave, Mike and Keith. Think I might give it a shot...I will try to remember to post updates if all goes well Thumbs up


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Name: Taqiyyah
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lovesblooms
Feb 2, 2015 2:08 PM CST
I got some seeds in a trade, and showed my six-year-old and now "we" HAVE to plant them. **Racking brains for a space with enough light that isn't already taken in the veggie garden.** Keith, do you know whether six feet is the tallest they usually grow?
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 2, 2015 2:55 PM CST
lovesblooms said:I got some seeds in a trade, and showed my six-year-old and now "we" HAVE to plant them. **Racking brains for a space with enough light that isn't already taken in the veggie garden.** Keith, do you know whether six feet is the tallest they usually grow?


The site I got mine (native seeds) says average is 6 feet, but can get up to 9 feet.
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Name: Taqiyyah
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lovesblooms
Feb 2, 2015 3:46 PM CST
Thank you. I'll need a large container for these; they'll probably not grow that tall, but at least I don't feel like I'll be stunting them too much.
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RickCorey
Feb 2, 2015 4:39 PM CST
I think @joseph has grown Glass Gem corn for several years.
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MikeD
Feb 2, 2015 10:27 PM CST
keithp2012 said:

The site I got mine (native seeds) says average is 6 feet, but can get up to 9 feet.


I concur, 6 to 9 feet is accurate and depends on the year . . . I would suspect it is not the best choice for growing in pots. Shorter varieties like 'Yukon Chief' or 'Orchard Baby' do better since they max out at 4 to 5 feet.

Also, in order to see a broad, diverse color range, the larger the planting the better. Each plants (stalk) produces two ears that look almost identical.

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Name: Kim
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klc
Feb 3, 2015 12:29 PM CST
TY Mike... I was looking more toward a "colored" indian corn type... just to have the fun of growing it! My dogs would probably help "till" up anything I planted in the ground so pretty much everything has to be in pots for me!

Sticking tongue out
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
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MikeD
Feb 3, 2015 9:49 PM CST
You know what @klc? That is the cool thing about gardening . . . Not having to listen to anyone saying something won't work or can't be done and just doing it. Its all about experimentation, learning from what works and what doesn't for your particular conditions, and doing better the next year. I think you should go for it! @MikeD
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Name: Kim
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klc
Feb 4, 2015 6:21 AM CST
LOL....I'll post during the season and keep you updated!! Hurray!

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 4, 2015 10:48 AM CST
klc said:TY Mike... I was looking more toward a "colored" indian corn type... just to have the fun of growing it! My dogs would probably help "till" up anything I planted in the ground so pretty much everything has to be in pots for me!

Sticking tongue out


Under the plant file on here for glass gem I posted a photo of the corn plants, they are against a 6 foot fence to give you an idea how they grow. Also as they grow you have to keep covering the roots they stick out and usually that's when you mound more soil over them.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 4, 2015 10:49 AM CST
For what it's worth, I successfully grew one of the shorter varieties in an Earthbox, and those are only about a foot deep. Had about a dozen plants in the one box.
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Feb 4, 2015 1:23 PM CST
It is a HUGE pleasure to be told how dumb an idea is, and how it could never work, because there is "only one way to do it" ... and then doing it.
Name: Kim
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klc
Feb 4, 2015 7:53 PM CST
Nice looking plants Keith...will have to figure out the "covering the roots" part!

Would you happen to remember the variety you grew woofie?? I have a plastic "pot" about the size of half a barrel that I was planning on using....

One of my FAVORITE things in life is to tell someone "I told you I could do it!!" Perfect example--My Mom didn't think my marriage would last a year....in April we will be married 34 years.... told her so!!! nodding
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: woofie
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woofie
Feb 4, 2015 9:31 PM CST
I wish I did remember the variety, but I only grew them the one year. It was a shorter sweet corn, not the Indian Corn type. But I got a couple of ears off each plant and it was quite good. One of the reasons I didn't try it again the following year was that when I cleaned out the Earthbox, the entire bottom was a solid mat of roots and it was a mess trying to clear out! Hilarious!
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Name: Kim
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klc
Feb 5, 2015 11:55 AM CST
Thumbs up Understand that!
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying

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