Oca is normally propagated vegetatively, by replanting tubers, which are clones. Probably because oca has been grown this way for hundreds or thousands of years, it is very difficult to get true, botanical seed, which is the key to breeding new varieties.
When you grow out true oca seed, you will get a brand new variety that you can maintain indefinitely by replanting the tubers. Plants that are propagated vegetatively are very appealing this way: if you get a plant that you like, you have a stable new variety that is all your own.
Of course, we can’t guarantee what you will get. Oca is an experimental crop in North America. You may get several excellent new varieties, or you may get weak and inferior varieties, or you may get nothing at all.
These seeds were collected from plants in Group 3, which includes our Open Source Seed Initiative varieties and varieties that we intend to list with the OSSI in the near future. The pool of varieties is small compared to groups 1 and 2, but the varieties are all superior.
Because these seeds have been obtained from OSSI pledged varieties, any varieties that you produce from this seed must be distributed under the terms of the OSSI pledge as well.