August 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm #257197
About 15 or 20 years ago I bought multi colored corn from diggers club to grow as animal feed. It grew like any other corn and looked amazing. I have been looking for multi coloured corn recently and can not find it, diggers does not seem to have it anymore. I am sure I found it on one of the more expensive Tasmanian seed companies not long ago but can not remember which one.
Does anyone have any multi coloured corn seed for sale or know where I can purchase it from?August 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm #526828calliecatParticipantAugust 6, 2012 at 12:18 am #526829
Hi calliecat, I live in NSW so should be fine to get seed from anywhere in the country.
I had a look at those links and none of them have multicolored corn, some have red Aztec or blue popcorn which are both good but not what I was hoping to find.
What I used to grow had all different coloures, red, blue, white, orange, striped, all on the same cob. I originally got it from diggers, but they no longer have it. They called it ornamental Indian corn, but we used it for animal feed and to grind into flour.
I am sure that I have seen it somewhere else recently, it may be called Anasazi or something similar.
Edited to add: I think I found it but they are currently out of stock http://www.organicsaustraliaonline.com.au/prod852.htmAugust 6, 2012 at 12:55 am #526830Bandicoot ValleyMember
I think there’s a variety called glass gem that is beautiful & multicoloured. Not sure where you can get it though.
ETA I just found the info about it where I’d seen it on Milkwood Permaculture site – http://milkwood.net/2012/05/12/glass-gem-corn-and-other-heirloom-jewels-of-the-corn-cabinet/August 6, 2012 at 1:03 am #526831Bandicoot ValleyMember
This bit from the comments section on Milkwood:
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Hi Kirsten, we are in Western Australia and have been a certified organic farm for 9 years. We have been saving our own organic seeds for decades and just lately started selling them because people in WA can not source corn ( and many other) seed from the Eastern states catalogues due to quarantine laws. We bulked up some American and Aztec corn seeds we had and are constantly amazed at the colours we are getting, seems to be more and more every year. Some look just like your beautiful post depicts. We have a rudimentary seed catalogue on our blog ( Bees Blog) which can be clicked on at the top of our home page at http://www.merribeeorganicfarm.net.au
We only save seeds of non hybrid, really useful , productive and tough plants for permaculture in mediterranean /arid zones and now sell them for $3.50 a packet, postage is free. They are certified with NASAA.August 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm #526832mudhenMember
I have grown Indian Corn in the past and still have some seeds that I’d be happy to pass on to you if you’d like. http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/plantprofiles/corn.php The link shows a photo of what it looks like. My cobs are years old now (probably close to 10 lol!) and I might just take some time to check if they are still viable but I have plenty so if it’s happy to sprout for me we can work something out. I love it as an ornamental corn to decorate my home with. Please be aware that if you plant it, you can’t grow a crop of regular corn at the same time, as it will cross pollinate and it is not anything like the sweet corn we are used to eating. I learned the hard way! I’ll pop some in a dish on my windowsill and see if they germinate. PM me if you’re interested.August 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm #526833
They are the ones I used to grow! I used to have heaps of it, I gave it away to people as they had never seen anything like it. I eventually lost it in a move or something. Hopefully some of your seed will grow.
I will send you a PM.September 23, 2012 at 1:01 am #526834
I contacted the people bandicoot valley mentioned, they have several types of multi coloured corn! They also had a few other interesting things. I ordered some glass bead corn and some other seed, it arrived and looks good. I have not planted any yet as we have a few frosts still on the way so can not comment on germination rates.
They were very friendly and answered my questions without hesitation (you would be surprised how few people will answer any questions, especially about how they isolate different varieties that they grow to prevent crossing).
If anyone wants to get corn or other seed from them their link is http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/merri-bee-organic-seeds_3190.htmlOctober 3, 2012 at 12:20 am #526835sipiMember
I have just seen on
http://pippiinthecity.blogspot.com.au/ a post about this glass gem corn with a link to a US company. However it says it is not currently available for sale.
I may try the merribee organic farmOctober 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm #526836CerchezMember
Have you had any luck contacting Merribee ?? they have seeds listed for sale but no contact details??
ThanksOctober 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm #526837
The email address is Beewinfield@westnet.com.au
Perhaps if you contact them let them know they do not have contact details on that page.
I should probably mention that I had never heard of them prior to this so have no agenda. I still have not planted any seed as we had a frost the other night, so I can not comment on germination rates. I think it is important that there are “little guys” out there like this who save seed, so I like to support them instead of larger companies if possible. That being said most of the larger heirloom seed companies are doing a great job too.
I have noticed that Eden seeds has just started to sell multi coloured aztec corn, but they do not have the glass gem variety. For anyone out that way I should mention that Eden seeds can not send corn to WA and Merribee is located in WA.October 4, 2012 at 1:16 am #526838sipiMember
I am in SA and I contacted Merribee last night via email and she responded very quickly.
where I have put her contact details and email contact up.
Apparently she will send them to Australia. I haven’t received my seeds yet – obviously as I only emailled her last night. But I am very excited to know that they are on the way.June 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm #526839BobbeeMember
mudhen post=347414 wrote: Hi Mukluk,
I have grown Indian Corn in the past and still have some seeds that I’d be happy to pass on to you if you’d like. http://www.sacredearth.com/ethnobotany/plantprofiles/corn.php The link shows a photo of what it looks like. My cobs are years old now (probably close to 10 lol!) and I might just take some time to check if they are still viable but I have plenty so if it’s happy to sprout for me we can work something out. I love it as an ornamental corn to decorate my home with. Please be aware that if you plant it, you can’t grow a crop of regular corn at the same time, as it will cross pollinate and it is not anything like the sweet corn we are used to eating. I learned the hard way! I’ll pop some in a dish on my windowsill and see if they germinate. PM me if you’re interested.
Thanks you for this link Mudhen, I found it so interesting and the GM bit is incredible too. I have added the link to the ‘Monsanto’ thread as a point of interest.
🙂June 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm #526840
BBlazely post=356879 wrote: Hi
I know this post was a while ago…but I wanted to know if you managed to get some seeds in,or sent to Tasmania…I used to grow this with my dad and grandad…but lost over time and would live to have it in my garden now..
I did grow the ‘glass bead’ corn this year, it is not as good as the multi coloured one I had years ago but was still pretty amazing. It seems to be a mix/cross of coloured Indian corn and a few types of pop corn.
In a few years it will be far superior as I will select for the colours and traits that I am after. I think I am going to select for a shorter growing period, more amazing colours, and popping ability. I have some photos of it on my wife’s blog, I should post a link to it later.
I am not sure if anywhere on the mainland can send to Tasmania without a permit, you would need to check out domestic quarantine to find out for sure http://www.quarantinedomestic.gov.au/
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