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I have been reading up on the story of how Glass Gem corn was produced, and its really neat that the guy who developed it is part Cherokee. What i would like to know is if anyone knows what type of corn Glass Gem is? Sweet Corn, field corn, or strictly ornamental? Thanks!
POPCORN - FLINT CORN. I have never heard of flint corn. Would you consider this small ornamental corn flint corn? The ears are small, not much larger than a persons middle finger (if that). I know it pops, but not like normal popping corn. This is a small portion of my 2013 crop.
It looks like it to me. Your field corns are dent or flint with most being dent. Dent corn has a "dent" in the top of the kernel when it is dry, flint corns don't. Flint corns are also harder. Pop corn is a sub class of flint corn. None of them are different species as far as I know and Sweet, Dent, Flour, Pop and Flint corns will all cross with each other.
There we go Doug9345 - thanks for the info. Apparently my ornamental corn is flint which is a totally new term for me. No dent. Very rounded little kernels. I grew Japenese hull less popcorn beside of the one row of ornamental corn and even though the popcorn was mostly white, it had a few scattered dark purple kernels on the ears. Now I'm wondering if that was because of the ornate corn or no? Since you seem so knowledgeable about corn, can you tell me: The Japanese hull less is wonderful and dry enough I have been popping it. Do you think I can save seed and expect good results from it as far as popcorn is concerned?
i would definitely rule in a cross since you planted the two types so closely. Corn pollen can be carried VERY long distances by wind, which is why most folks say make sure other corn plantings are at least 500FT away from each other.
O.K. Doug9345 - Good idea. I'll save some popcorn for seed and pick out the purple ones. Think I will go a step farther and save the purple ones for seed as well, but plant them in another area. Will be a good experiment. Enjoyed your feedback - you seem quite knowledgeable on the corn.