This is just a quick update on progress made by several of our root and tuber crops.
Skirret continues to grow at its glacial pace. We have actually achieved just over 50% germination now. It took 30 days to get to 50%. The germination has been so slow and irregular that I would not be surprised to see most of the rest sprout over the next 30 days.
I transplanted two out to the skirret bed, but one was immediately eaten by a robin, so I will hold off on planting out any more until they have grown into more than a bird’s mouthful.
Andean tubers are doing well in the greenhouse. Oca began sprouting a couple weeks ago, but was joined this week by ulluco and mashua.
The ulluco makes quite an interesting picture with its bright red sprout and yellow-green tuber. This variety is supposed to produce a larger tuber than the variety that I tried last year, so I am hopeful that it will do more than just look good.
The mashua practically erupted out of the soil this week, putting on a good six inches of growth. It is probably time to transplant it into its permanent location.
|Mashua sprouting from buried tuber|