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7 years 7 months ago #388819 by Stikkibeek

Blueberry, thought you would like to know that my (your) yacon plants are just emerging through the soil. Looks as if all those little tubers I planted are going to grow, so should prove interesting to see how well the crop develops. Thank you again.


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7 years 7 months ago #388826 by spoook

Mine are growing too :D .


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7 years 7 months ago #388831 by Hasbeen

Bugga how did I miss this?
I know I thought Yacon was a member & the post was just for them
I shall have to be more nosy in future.
Sounds just the thing for my wee yard.
Oh well next year[B)]


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7 years 7 months ago #388852 by Stikkibeek

Hasbeen;382819 wrote: Bugga how did I miss this?
I know I thought Yacon was a member & the post was just for them
I shall have to be more nosy in future.
Sounds just the thing for my wee yard.
Oh well next year[B)]


Luv it! :D


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7 years 7 months ago #388971 by Blueberry

Stikkibeek;382807 wrote: Blueberry, thought you would like to know that my (your) yacon plants are just emerging through the soil. Looks as if all those little tubers I planted are going to grow, so should prove interesting to see how well the crop develops. Thank you again.


thanks for letting me know, Spook and Stikkibeek - the beans are doing really well, too - they're up for a larger pot this week :D

Hasbeen, if you want to pm me your address, i'm sure I can come up with some that'll survive the mail.


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7 years 7 months ago #388988 by sundaysbest

What the hey is Yacon?

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7 years 7 months ago #389020 by Stikkibeek

sundaysbest;382998 wrote: What the hey is Yacon?

Peruvian plant related to both sunflowers and Jerusalem artichokes, which develop sweet tubers. The carbohydrate in these is not digestible, (inulin) giving them a healthy alternative for people with diabetes. It is equally useful as baked, grated and eaten raw, or juiced and you can make syrup out of it, or tea from the leaves that is pre-biotic and antioxidant.


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7 years 5 months ago #401082 by Stikkibeek

Here's an update on the yacon. Had the same problem as I have with sunflowers and snails, so for a while they grew rapidly and just as rapidly the snails (Now spread along North Waikato roads [}:)]) ate them off.

Now they are well away, except the weeds were overtaking them and OH decided to help by pulling the weeds. Yep! You guessed it. :( Just as well I discovered this before it was too late and I lost the lot!


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7 years 5 months ago #401104 by spoook

Mine are doing well, the are planted in the tunnel house .... oops, must water then in the morning. They are about 500mm tall.
I have no idea what is going on below ground.


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7 years 5 months ago #401133 by Blueberry

spoook;396397 wrote: .
I have no idea what is going on below ground.


Not much - yet[;)]. once they are away, they very much appreciate some grass clippings being tossed over the - a couple times through summer. the building up of the underground tubers only starts once they flower.


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7 years 5 months ago #401223 by Hasbeen

They are up & going great guns. :D


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7 years 1 month ago #416074 by Stikkibeek

Blueberry, my yacon are now about 2 metres high, but still no sign of flowers. They have also got a heavy infestation of white fly which I usually only get a few of on the tangelo tree. Seems everything likes a nibble on them. I see the snails eat bits out of the leaves and I saw a cheeky field mouse up in one a couple of days ago.


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7 years 1 month ago #416080 by kaumea

mine look very nice, but they are only about 1m high yet :confused: and further away i have another 2 plants and they are even shorter with arround 30cm hight :confused: maybe because we didn't had enough sun and warmth??


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7 years 1 month ago #416084 by spoook

Mine too are about 2 mtrs, I wonder of the goats will be able to eat the tops? Must read up to see when to harvest.


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7 years 1 month ago #416087 by foufee

hmm, must have done something wrong, ours are only 30cm high - look healthy though

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