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As of April 10th, these are the roots and tubers that are still in stock, ready for immediate shipment.  April 25th will be the last day of spring root & tuber sales.  Preorders for the 2021 crop will start in May.

Chinese Bugleweed
Mashua, Hoh
Oca, Siwash
Potato, Nemah
Potato, Qoyllu
Potato, Skagit Valley Gold
Sea Kale Remainders
Sunchoke, Chinese
Yacon, Dosewallips
Yacon, Sol Duc
Yacon, Wynoochee

And there is still a reasonably good selection of true potato seeds available as well.

Apr 9 2021: The end is in sight.  I expect to be completely caught up with shipping by Monday.  Time to get out of the office and grow some plants.

Apr 6 2021: I am not happy with the quality of our mauka caudices this year.  They got woody in a way that hasn’t happened in the past and they are not sprouting well.  We got a strong (for here) cold spell in late winter and that may have something to do with it.  Rather than further delay orders, I am going to ship orders without mauka while I attempt to sprout these caudices.  If they sprout well, I will send them separately in a week or two and, if they don’t, I will refund those orders.  Thanks for your patience.

A small amount of two new yacon varieties was added to the store today.

Apr 4 2021: I can now confirm that there will be some extra yacon available this year.  I will not add it to stock until all the existing orders have shipped, but that should be done this week.

Apr 3 2021: Several mashua varieties are now back in stock.  That is all the mashua that will be available until after the 2021 harvest.

Mar 27 2021: Nothing new to report.  Orders are shipping as fast as I can put them together.  Still about 250 to go.  It is going to take until April 6th to get everything shipped at the current rate.

Mar 20 2021: A small amount of Ayock, Nemah, and Qoyllu potato tubers is now back in stock.

Mar 17 2021: Horseradish thongs are now back in stock.

Mar 16 2021: Yacon shipping will start next week.  It may take a week longer than usual to get all the orders shipped this year.  Normally, I target April 1st to have all the orders shipped, but it will likely take until the end of the first week of April.  In addition to a larger number of orders than usual, the orders were larger.  It has been quite a mountain to climb.  So, please don’t worry. I am going to get through them all.

Mar 15 2021: Some items are coming back into stock as I get toward the end of the shipping backlog.  This week, I have added some Pirampo, Skagit Valley Gold, and Twanoh potatoes and Mixed Phenotypes sea kale back into stock.

Feb 28 2021: OK, here comes March.  I will be shipping all day every day this month.  Unless you live in a very cold place, your order will be shipping in the next 30 days.  Don’t expect much else.  There is a very good chance that I will not be answering messages until sometime in April.  Happy planting!

Feb 17 2021: The cold has passed for the west coast, so I’m resuming shipping.  Looks like it could be a little while before shipping east of the Rockies resumes though.  In other words, it is a pretty normal year.  Most root and tuber shipping will happen in March.

Feb 10 2021: OK, I’ve made some room in the queue, so root and tuber ordering is open again.  It wouldn’t surprise me if I have to keep closing and reopening as orders come in, just to make sure that things don’t get out of hand.  So, it is open now, but could easily be closed down again in a week or two.

Feb 7 2021: We have a bout of unusually cold weather coming in this week (and worse in most of the country), so I don’t expect to do any root and tuber shipping until that has passed.  Seeds will continue to ship as usual.

Jan 30 2021: Lots of questions coming in, so I will try to answer them here.  Currently, I expect to reopen root and tuber orders around March 1st.  I should have cleared most of the current order backlog by then.  Seeds are still available and I am shipping them every day.  Roots and tubers are more complicated and I can’t let the order backlog grow too large.  When I reopen, I am confident that there will be some oca, some mashua, some ulluco available.  I don’t expect much in the way of potatoes to be available again until fall (other than TPS, of course).  There will also be some yacon available, but probably none of the varieties that are currently listed.  I will introduce at least one new variety this year and it will be available for certain since I haven’t sold any in preorder.  Preorders for the 2021 crop will open in May.  If you want to be notified when the store reopens for roots and tubers and when preorders begin, make sure to sign up for our mailing list.

Jan 19 2021: I have temporarily suspended root and tuber ordering.  This has been an unusually busy year and I want to make sure that I don’t build up a backlog that I can’t ship on time.  Seed ordering remains open because I can ship seeds at any time.  I can’t predict the future, but I will most likely reopen root and tuber ordering in March, once I have been able to ship more of the outstanding orders and can see the end of the tunnel.  If you want to be notified when I reopen root and tuber orders, please sign up for our mailing list.

Jan 15 2021: I had to make some server configuration changes.  I think I have worked out the bugs, but it is possible that some browsers might need to be refreshed to display the content correctly if you have been to the site before.  It is also possible, particularly with older browsers, that there could be problems with SSL, leading to error messages about security.  If you get a security error message for the site, please send me an email at help@cultivariable.com with your operating system and browser type and version so I can fix it.

Jan 7 2021: Inquiries are now outpacing the time that I have to respond to them, so expect even longer delays in answering your emails.  At least half of those inquiries will be about expected delivery dates, and I can answer them all in advance: expect your order by April.  It may come sooner, particularly if is is a seed-only order or you are on the west coast, but if you expect April and I beat that, you’ll be happier.  If you expect your order tomorrow and send me a dozen emails that go unanswered between now and April, you will probably be less happy.    If orders continue at the current pace, I may have to shut down ordering for a while in February to make sure that I don’t pile up a backlog that I can’t ship in time.  No news is good news.  If there is a problem with your order, I will contact you.  Thanks, as always, for your patience.  I don’t have a call center with customer service people waiting to talk to you and when I have to make a choice between reading emails and shipping orders, I ship orders.

Dec 29 2020: Thanks for your patience through the harvest and holidays.  I am back to full time shipping now and should be able to make a pretty good dent in the backlog over the next couple of weeks.

Dec 17 2020: What a year!  The shelves are looking a bit bare.  Like every other seed company, sales were consistently high this year and I normally sell out in any given year, so I was not prepared for the onslaught.  I am doing inventory and some more stock will be added over the next few weeks, but I suspect that the shop will be pretty empty by the time spring rolls around.  I built up a three year inventory of true potato seed, hoping to take a year off of TPS production to focus on other breeding projects, but that is now in danger of running out by summer!  Hopefully the world will be getting back to normal next year and things won’t be so crazy.  (Not that I am complaining about heavy sales, but there are limits to what I can produce as one person.)

This is the time of year when I start getting complaints, so please bear in mind that I do take some time off over the holidays and this is the moment when I have more orders stacked up in the queue than any other time of year.  About now, people start asking where their orders are and when they will be shipped.  I can answer almost all of these questions in advance: Orders containing roots and tubers will ship by spring where the weather allows and as soon as you come out of the deep freeze otherwise.  Orders containing only seeds will generally ship within two weeks of receipt.  If you convince me to give you an answer more specific than that, I am bound to be wrong.

Thanks for the business this year and merry Christmas!

Nov 7 2020: We are now getting into the main harvest, which means shipping and communications are going to slow way down.  I am harvesting miscellaneous crops this week, probably mashua next week, possibly oca the week after that, and ulluco as late as I possibly can.  Most potatoes have been harvested and yacon will be harvested in spring.  So, figure it will be a good month of harvesting and not much else.  There will likely be some rain days when I do shipping, but the order backlog is going to grow and it won’t start to come down substantially until January.

26 Oct 2020: We made it through the frost with minimal damage.  Getting back to shipping and harvesting now.

22 Oct 2020: A customer reported that Bitcoin payment was broken and it probably has been for at least a month.  It is fixed now.

20 Oct 2020: We have a potential early frost coming in this weekend, so I am scrambling to prepare for that.  There will be no more shipping until that has passed.

14 Oct 2020: The next batch of shipping will probably happen this coming weekend.  This is the time of year when I start to get a lot of inquiries about when orders will ship.  Many potato orders have shipped or will soon, depending on the varieties.  Some are not harvested yet.  Oca, mashua, and ulluco will not be harvested for at least a month yet and more likely two.  It takes at least two weeks after they are harvested before they are cleaned, dried, and ready to ship.  There are currently 250 preorders in the queue and I can ship about 30 orders per day.  So, as always, I recommend that you set your expectations that your order will be delivered by spring.  If your weather permits, your order may ship sooner, but I really can’t predict.

29 September 2020: Order backlog is cleared as of this afternoon.  The weather is looking good, so it will probably be at least a week before I do another shipping day.

19 September 2020: We’re entering into a very busy time of the year over the next two months, between harvest and orders ramping up.  Expect slower shipping times and very slow response to emails.  I’m still shipping orders for in stock items, but mostly on rain days, so it won’t be surprising if lead times extend out to three weeks.  We have rain in the forecast Wed-Fri this week and I expect that I will catch up with the current order backlog then.  After that, timing will continue to be largely at the whim of mother nature until the harvest is done in December.