How do you get those colors?

The coloring is created through a cross pollination of the corn.  As the tassel at the top of the corn stalk ripens, pollen is "shed" from the center spike to the lower silks.  Each strand of silk that surround a cob is connected to ONE kernel of corn.  Pollination occurs when the pollen touches the strand of silk.  

In other words, as the pollen from the tassel of one stalk from one colored seed connects with the silk from a seed of another color a cross pollination begins.  As the wind blows the pollen moves further from the mother plant and adds colors to silks of other stalks.

Because corn naturally pollinates, it is NOT recommended to plant separate varieties of corn near each other, as cross pollination WILL occur.

We offer 7 different seed packs to meet the needs of all gardeners.

  • 50 seeds for a very small garden or container gardens.  

  • 100 seeds for small gardens.  

  • 200 seeds for a medium gardens.

  • 300 seeds for the med-large garden.

  • 1/4 Pound* - large gardens

  • 1/2 Pound* -large gardens

  • 1 Pound* -large gardens

* approximately 2,700 seeds per pound​

Glass Gem Corn Seed

Glass gem corn is an original Indian corn that was bred, isolated, and developed by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer in Oklahoma.  The vibrant colors came from years of selective breeding to create the gem colored, translucent appearance.  

While glass gem corn is edible, it is not sweet.  It is a flint variety, which is often used to make corn flour.  It can also be used as popcorn - although with less percentage of success than a corn grown specifically for popping.  Although this corn technically CAN be eaten, it is grown mainly as an ornamental corn, used in decoration, fall wreaths, and Thanksgiving trimmings.

Easy to grow, fun to open

Glass gem corn is a great addition to any garden.  Kids and adults alike will go back for more cobs to open and see all the amazing colors.  A great way to bond with your children or grandkids, or find yourself having fun opening the cobs with no one else around.  Make beautiful crafts and fall decorations, jewelry, or popcorn.  Just when all the flowers are fading out for the year these beauties will be starting to pop. 

All of our glass gem corn seed was grown in small production on our farm in Southern Idaho.  It has been hand harvested, inspected, and packaged to insure all of our seed packets meet our standards.  These seeds are from the same stock that we use to plant our own garden.  That means, that if there is any issue with your seed, then you can contact us, the farmers, directly - there is NO middleman.

All of our glass gem corn seed is grown in small production.  Hand

harvested, inspected, and packaged

You may be suprised when you see how tiny the seeds are for glass gem corn.  Although they are small, they provide a big punch!  The corn stalks grow between 8-10 feet high, and the cobs will range from 3 to 8 inches long (the majority of my corn has been about 6 inches long).  Because the corn is so tall, it seems like the cobs are not developing.  Be patient, they will come.

My experience with glass gem corn has been:

  • Good germination, great grower.  I put 2-3 seeds every 6 inches and do NOT thin my plants.  I found they have plenty of room to grow.

  • Because I don't thin, I plant my rows 3 feet apart (36 inches) so that I have plenty of room to move around between my corn as I inspect and harvest.  (Depending on room available 30 inches between rows is used by many gardeners).

  • Plant in blocks to allow the best pollination, which is caused by wind.  However you can create the same outcome by gently moving your stalks as the silk is starting / growing.

  • My personal experience is that the stalks on the west (the general direction our wind comes from) has less coloring, and more dull yellow, traditional corn colorings, than the cobs further to the east.  Take note of the direction your wind blows - you may want to hand pollinate these stalks by manually moving the tassels.

  • The drier the corn the more bold the coloring will become!  Wear gloves when you are removing / opening the cobs.  I use rubber gloves, that way my hands are protected, but I can still feel what I am doing.

I grow all of my own corn.  Inspect and harvest it by hand.  I am looking at each cob that may turn into your seed a minimum of 3 times.  If I would not want the seed in my garden, then I feed it to my chickens, right then and there.  I could plant any given seed packet I sell, and know that I would be happy with the end product.  This is my personal guarantee!  





248 West 600 South

Heyburn, Idaho 83336