Oca: Piling up the pods

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I have a confession to make.  I no longer rush out every morning to scan the oca (Oxalis tuberosa) patch for pods.  In fact, I often let a week go by without looking at them.  What a difference a couple of months makes!  Back in July, I was checking them twice a day, pollinating by […]

Oca: 2013 seedling progress

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The 62 new oca (Oxalis tuberosa) plants that grew from this year’s seeds continue to surprise me with their huge difference in growth rates.  Unfortunately, it seems that about 55 of them will be destined for the compost pile, as they are not putting on much growth and will certainly not reach the size necessary […]

Achocha: Saving seed

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It is easy to save seed from your achocha (Cyclanthera pedata, also commonly known as caigua) plants, although you might wonder at what stage they are ready to harvest.  These instructions will also work for the closely related Cyclanthera brachystachya and probably for other Cyclantheras as well. I had been trying to time things so […]

Potatoes: First 2013 potatoes from seed

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I have been swapping potato seed with other growers for a while now and there is always a hunger for pictures and information about the seeds that I offer.  I’m trying to get a little better at documenting the new varieties as they come out of the ground.  Maybe this blog will help me to […]

Ulluco: Seed update

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This little blog is getting a lot more attention since I announced ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus) seeds and the stats show that ulluco is very popular among ulurkers.  Unfortunately, demand seems likely to exceed supply.  This is probably the last I’ll have to say on the subject for a while. I have pulled the confounding potatoes […]

Ulluco: Yet another set of ulluco seed pictures

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I’m sure that this will get boring soon, but here are some more close ups of ulluco (Ullucus tuberosa) nuts.  This time, we’re looking at immature seeds.  The first two are probably about two weeks from full maturity and the second two a week or a little bit less. Ulluco nuts are bright yellow when […]

Potato: Extracting true potato seed (TPS)

Potato seeds (TPS) in a fine strainer for cleaning

Introduction This is the procedure that we use to extract potato seeds.  This procedure is suitable for extracting large amounts of seed while maximizing germination and minimizing potential for disease transmission.  We extract seed from as much as 25 gallons of berries in a given year and need a process that is fast and efficient […]

Oca: 10,000

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It was only seven weeks ago that I posted about what then seemed a significant achievement: the collection of 1,000 oca (Oxalis tuberosa) seeds.  This week, I passed 10,000.  My better (and funnier) half frequently teases me because I said at the beginning of the year that I would be satisfied if I got just […]

Ulluco: More ulluco seed pictures

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Yesterday I harvested two ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus) seeds – possibly the first collected anywhere since the 1980s. I harvested a third ulluco seed today and have counted an additional 21 on the plants.  I also discovered a third plant with seeds today, of the variety BK10425.2, so I now have seeds on two different varieties. […]