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Old 11-18-2011, 12:43 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I am growing Yacon, (5) varieties of Oca, and 1 variety of Ulluco. So far all the plants are doing well, most don't like the dry heat in the summer. I try to put them in micro climates. Nice thing about these crops is they are very adaptable to growing with minimal inputs.
Thanks for the info. Do you have purple Oca?
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Growing pink, red, and yellow varieties.
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Thanks for the info. Do you have purple Oca?
Check the with the plant sellers at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. One of them carries it seasonally.
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Check the with the plant sellers at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. One of them carries it seasonally.
Cool did not know they had plant sellers at the farmers market in Santa Monica. Will now need to head out there and check it out sometime.
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Old 11-18-2011, 03:51 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Cool did not know they had plant sellers at the farmers market in Santa Monica. Will now need to head out there and check it out sometime.
The one at Arizona and 3rd has lots of plants, and Wednesday's market is much bigger than Saturday.
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It's harvest time this week!
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:54 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Well just a little late harvesting which created some bursting on a few tubers but quite a nice harvest for a plant grown in a 15 gallon container! The flavor is nice and sweet with a nice crunchy snap and no fiber to speak of. I'm very happy with it!

Thanks for hooking me up with this plant Stu, you rock buddy!

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Old 04-22-2012, 07:20 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Next years plants potted up.

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So far every friend and neighbor that has tried it loves it.
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Same response here, everyone who has tried it has loved it or found it agreeable.
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Mitchel, in your climate, when do you think the ideal harvesting time would be to avoid the bursting of tubers?

PS -- Thanks for the Yacon plant!
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:40 PM   #32 (permalink)
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In the right climate it's after the first frost when the plant turns brown and shrivels to nothing, but we usually don't have that so just pick the coldest day and then harvest a week or so after that. That should work.

Oh and you are welcome! Hope it works good for ya!
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Harvested the 2013 Yacon crop today. Not the harvest I was hoping for, but considering the plant spent most of it's life under the canopy of banana plants I can't complain. About 8 pounds of tubers and tons of growing points (not pictured)

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How hardy is the vine?
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How hardy is the vine?
It's in the sunflower family, not a vine. It get's knocked down with a light frost but that same frost helps to make the tubers sweeter!
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More info on the Andean Sunroot, polymnia sonchifolia.

Yacon* (Polymnia sonchifolia) potted plant, organic
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