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Quinault is the first new variety introduced from our breeding program. Mature tubers come out of the ground a light/red purple, sometimes partly tan, and darken up substantially when exposed to sunlight. Plants are of medium height, usually reaching between five and six feet here by the end of the growing season. The one purpose that this variety is not suitable for is as an ornamental. It is a slovenly looking plant with sprawling stems and droopy leaves. That doesn’t affect food production, of course, but it is a better plant for the back yard than the front.
Quinault is very early to flower, at about 155 days. It has greatly improved seed set and pollen production compared to the heirloom varieties. Unfortunately, germination rate of the seeds that it produces is lower than most of our later seed-grown varieties (although still superior to the heirloom varieties).
What you will receive:
You will receive the stated number of rhizome pieces, packed in damp peat. You should keep packets refrigerated and check them periodically to make sure that the exposed cuts are not molding. If mold develops, cut back to clean flesh and plant or pot as soon as possible. Rhizome does not store well, so it is always better to plant it than to store it if you can.
Seeds are open pollinated. Because yacon is a polyploid hybrid, the seeds will not grow true to type. They are suitable for use in breeding or conservation efforts and could be used to select varieties similar to the parent type.