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I breed 16 species seriously, meaning that I am actually able to make progress and either already have or anticipate eventually releasing new varieties. I work with another 21 species either prospectively, meaning that I would like to breed them but haven’t managed to get them to reproduce sexually, or on too small a scale […]

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Oca: 2013 seedling progress

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 […]

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Oca: 10,000

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 […]

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Oca: Thoughts on flowering

I’ve had pretty good luck this year getting oca (Oxalis tuberosa) to flower and set seed.  I’m growing enough plants to start to perceive some patterns regarding flowering.  This information may be helpful to prospective oca breeders, but could also be misleading, based on such a limited period of time. Climate I have not grown […]

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