Glass Gem Corn: My summer project

So back in the fall, these pictures of this beautiful corn were making their rounds through the internet. I was forwarded emails. I saw it on twitter. I saw it on facebook. Beautiful corn that looks like it’s either been photoshopped or its some jeweler’s interpretation of nature’s bounty.

But it’s not. It’s an heirloom variety of popcorn, developed by a hobbyist and shared with Native Seeds. When I saw it, I thought, “Wow! Wouldn’t that be fun to grow!” And somewhat on a whim, I signed up to be on the waiting list.

When I got the email saying it was my turn, I felt like I won the lottery.

But then I started having second thoughts. I felt like I’d be planting gold, or something. Not that it was really that expensive, but this corn is special. What if I kill it? I do not have a good track record with corn.

Our first attempt was destroyed by hail.

Our second attempt was destroyed by geese.

Our third attempt was destroyed by drought.

A drought we’re still in, by the way.

And with corn this special, I could see myself being tempted to water under cover of darkness. And I could see myself being caught because anytime you do anything under the cover of darkness, you should really think twice before blogging about it afterward.

What if it survives, only to be pollinated by the miles of GMO corn that surrounds me? It’s not like I’ve ever actually bagged and hand-pollinated corn before.

I want to learn, but this is sort of high stakes, here.

Now, I could sell it on ebay. I looked there, just out of curiosity. Ten to fifteen dollars for TEN seeds seems to be about the going rate. The guy wanting $50 for his fifteen seeds has to be out of his mind. I could just divide up the package and make a tidy profit.

Except that I wasn’t really interested in this as a business venture. It was just a for fun venture.

And I really want to grow these little beauties and see if I can get some interesting ears of corn.

So I’m going to plant them and blog about them . . . and all the legal measures I undertake to keep them alive.

And we shall all see how my little project experiment goes.

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THAT is some amazing beautiful corn. If you end up selling it, I would totally be willing to buy it from you…just not for $50! 🙂
Good luck on your adventure growing it.


Beautiful! What a cool project!!!


I hope some of ours are as beautiful. And the ones on the blue side would fit so nicely with the lavender and violets and echinacea.

Michelle Zerangue

I absolutely fell in love with this corn when I first saw it. That is awesome that you you were able to get on the list to get some seed. Good luck with a successful growing season; I hope it is successful for you. It sure is a lot of pressure when you have such a limited number of seeds to start. I would be very interested in trying to grow some in the future if you are able to develop some of your own. So if you start a waiting list of your own please consider adding me.


If I get that far, you will certainly hear about it! But seeing as it would be at least two years, I think the supply will start catching up with the demand and it would be a little easier to get by the time I had any interest in starting a waiting list.

So a little patience is all you’ll need, I’m sure. But after I successfully raise some that hasn’t hybridized with the neighbor’s corn kingdom, I may help fill the need a teeny tiny bit. 🙂


Hi Dana,

It’s been sometime since I visited, so nice to catch up on things with you. That corn is just lovely and I really liked your description…

“…or its some jeweler’s interpretation of nature’s bounty.”

Best of luck to you on this project. Wishing you and the family all the best and I promise to visit more often. Hugs.