True yacon seeds are used to grow new varieties of yacon. We’re really pleased to be able to offer true seeds. Just a few years ago, yacon was generally considered to be a sterile crop. We now have more than 100 new varieties under evaluation at our farm. You can get in on the fun by growing your own yacon from seed. Yacon is naturally a hybrid crop, so seed grown varieties are always unique. You can propagate them from rhizome and establish your own variety. These seeds are a mix collected from 3 heirloom varieties and 77 of our seedling varieties in 2017.
30 seeds. Expect a germination rate of about 10%, so perhaps three seedlings from each packet. Some people have done much better than that, which probably indicates that we haven’t discovered the perfect conditions for germination yet. Make sure to read our instructions for starting yacon seeds, so you get the best possible germination.
These seeds aren’t cheap, obviously. I spend about three hours each day for two or three months hand pollinating and collecting seeds, so that’s what you are paying for. The good news is that you should be able to save your own seeds from your seedling plants. Ours have all been much better seed producers than the heirloom varieties.
Important: Seeds collected from OSSI pledged varieties are included, so any plants grown from these seeds must also be offered under open source terms. (This only applies to you if you are planning on selling or sharing the new varieties that you grow. In that case, you must distribute a copy of the OSSI pledge with your varieties.)
When you grow yacon from our seeds, you are taking part in our breeding program. If you get something great, consider offering it through Cultivariable.