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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 03 Aug 2012 15:57 #32457

Hi i am Natalie and i am looking for some seed kumara and maori potato varieties and the earth gems any help will be great cheers
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 03 Aug 2012 16:12 #433469

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Hi Natalie, whereabouts are you?
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 03 Aug 2012 21:39 #433498

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Very easy to grow kumara. If the supermarket varieties are the ones you want, just buy some of them, keep them in a warm place and leave them to sprout. Once the sprouts are 3-6 inches long, you can pull them off and put them in water to grow roots. You need to time this for planting out. Kumera take 5-6 months to develop useful sized roots for eating, so work backwards from your earliest frost time.
As a guide, in Ruawai and surrounding districts where good kumara are grown, they plant in Novemberish and harvest in May.
Of course if you are after heritage varieties, then Koanga Nurseries may have what you want. They would also be a good source of Maori potato.
Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 04 Aug 2012 07:14 #433510

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When i first saw this thread i thought 'SEED' ...Kumara seed???,does kumara actually have seed i wonder??.
Potato seed is called TPS (true potato seed) and is a wonderful way to grow spuds as viruses are not past on from the parent plant,which is a problem with many of the Maori potato varieties we have today.
If you are still after the earth gems and you are in the South Island,don't bother,mine were hopeless,seems the further north they are grown the better they do.
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 04 Aug 2012 08:10 #433511

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I had not heard of this but last year I noted that one of my Moari potatoes had seed pods, and a nearby friends Jersey Bennes threw seed also.

Unfortunately we did not harvest the seed.[B)]
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 04 Aug 2012 08:24 #433512

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Last season seems to have been a season that suited berry set as i grow a spud called Moie moie which had never grown berries in the 20 years of growing it,last season it did,so i've just sown some of that seed yesterday,it may have crossed with some of the other 12 types i grew but what i'll do is to select a clone that produces a potato as close as possible to the original older clone.

What was the name of the Maori potato that produced berries Xartep??
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 04 Aug 2012 09:03 #433514

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they are Urenika - yummy and so reliable[;)]
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 04 Aug 2012 14:57 #433539

Hi everyone thanks for the advice im in invercargill
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 04 Aug 2012 18:52 #433549

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Think you'd be very hard pressed to grow kumara that far south. You'd have to plant them in a tunnel house or similar to get the length of season you would need to grow the tubers.
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 05 Aug 2012 20:38 #433676

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I've got Maori potatoes and no-one eats them around here. I'm happy to send you some. Much better prospect than kumara in Southland. Kumara don't grow in Canterbury.
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Looking for seed kumara and maori potatoes 07 Aug 2012 12:34 #433836

Simkin did you get my pm?
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