ZP103

Glass Gem

ZP103

Zea mays.  Glass Gem. Gorgeous translucent, jewel-colored ears, each one unique. A stunning variety selected over many years by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder from Oklahoma. Selected from crossing several traditional corn varieties and saving seed from the vivid, translucent kernels. Gifted to NS/S by Bill McDorman who acquired the seed from Greg Schoen, one of Carl's students. To read the story behind this magnificent corn, check out this Native Seeds Blog post.  From our Seed Bank Collection.

  • The kernels may be ground into cornmeal or popped.
  • Size of ears range from 3-8 inches. 
  • Height of plants depend upon water, but can reach up to 9 feet, typically 6 feet. 
  • Glass Gem can be harvested approx. 110-120 days after planting when the husks are dry and brown for the most intense and translucent colors. 
  • Packet size 7g/approx. 50 seeds 

  • Seed Saver Size includes approx 35g/250 seeds plus information on corn pollination and seed saving. 

  • Limit 3 packets.

All photos shown here are copyrighted by Greg Schoen and used with permission.

 

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Customer Reviews

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K.M.
First time at native seed search

I didn't have much luck growing corn last year. This year I'm trying heirloom seeds here in Tucson and should have success with native seed search on my side!

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R.M.
Glass Gem

Can’t wait for spring so I can get these in the ground !

D
D.
Beautiful corn

We planted our garden a little late this year and didn’t water our glass gem corn as much as we should of. User fault for the small corn but overall extremely beautiful corn. I posted on social media and have received lots of compliments and questions from people wondering if it was real or fake. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for seeds that will grow especially in south Texas.

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F.W.
Mahalo nui

Thank you ! We will be planting these in spring 2021 at an elementary school garden. I have been encouraging my colleagues to question and change where they buy their seeds the same way we have come to question and change where we buy our fruits and vegetables.

K
K.M.
Glass gem corn

Awesome! Can’t wait to grow.