Southern Seed Exchange


Southern Seed Exchange

A group for members of the Southern Seed Exchange, a seed saving group based in Christchurch, New Zealand dedicated to saving locally adapted open pollinated varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Location: Christchurch and environs
Members: 57
Latest Activity: Aug 17, 2017

Discussion Forum

seedlist pdf online

HI I edited the seedlist just keeping the names of the cultivars and growing notes and put some photos in as an appendix to the main seedlist, mainly for my own interest, I will update it shortly…Continue

Started by Kali Mar 20, 2013.

Tetragonia 3 Replies

I have been growing tetragonia for a few years now - lush green NZ spinach that resists drought and - unless I am too tidy - self seeds everywhere. This year I got a bag of pine needles from South…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Kali Jun 2, 2012.

Broad Beans 6 Replies

Hi. I have been saving seeds from my broad beans for five years now; red seeded, originally from Koanga Gardens. This year for the first time a number of the beans are normal green - there is no…Continue

Started by Margaret Hadley. Last reply by Richard Watson Dec 29, 2011.

Workshop: URBAN SELF-SUFFICIENCY- Eating and Living the Sustainable Way 1 Reply

This Workshop will be presented by Jules Dervaes. Since 2001, Jules Dervaes and his family have been living a protest—Path to Freedom—against corporate control of the food supply. They now grow over…Continue

Tags: sufficiency, self, urban, workshop

Started by bec may. Last reply by Steven Kung Jul 21, 2010.

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Comment by Tracy Dennison on December 22, 2011 at 3:32pm

REAL LEMON GRASS. Help !!!!! does anyone have any real lemon grass growing???? Im finding it realy hard to track down as everyone seams to be growing the seed grown red tinge one. I did have a little bit growing that i kindly got from Kali a while ago BUT i shifted and lost it. If anyone can help i would be sooo stoked. Sorry dont realy have anything interesting to trade except vinegar mother or cash.

Thanx Heaps Tracy

Comment by Margaret Hadley on November 24, 2011 at 9:31pm

I USED to grow mashua - in the chook run - and got big healthy tubers with the vines topping the six foot wire fence. I moved the run and the tubers got smaller and smaller and finally died out. Not a lot of help I know but maybe they are gross feeders - or like the scorched earth conditions of a chook run?

A question: I am trying to grow kumara and have had tubers in tyres (and in water on the windowsill) for a couple of months now - and only one tuber looks like putting out sprouts. Is it worth persevering? I know they need a long growing season but don't know how long 'long' is. Any advice?

Comment by Kali on September 21, 2011 at 7:45pm
I have had mashua growing the past two years in my garden, didn't know  that name though. it does twine around to about 1m, it will climb if you give it something to go up ( I had a bamboo teepee type arrangement) but other wise will just go horizontal, the flowers are pretty, I ate a few of the leaves which taste like nasturtium. unfortunately the seeds didn't have time to set and the tubers ...well they weren't anything like the size in the wikipedia photo! I am hoping it will come back up like it did last year, because the tuber I saved in a pot has been attacked by a snail :(
Comment by Hanna on September 21, 2011 at 7:26pm

I'd be interested to hear how you go with the mashua. I'm in no hurry, my garden still needs LOTS more more important work done, but I'll see that I can get some from Koanga for next year.

By the way, we are still keen on some rabbits :-) (again I'm in the wrong group for this comment!)

Comment by Richard Watson on September 21, 2011 at 7:05am

i was given 15 half dead dried up aniu ( Mashua ) tubers from Koanga last spring to try and save,only one just made it up and went on to grow one small tuber which i then replanted into a pot to carry on growing during the winter in the tunnelhouse,its a big plant now so i'll plant it out again soon but still under a plastic frame till the frosts are over.I'm still learning how to grow this plant so its interesting that you Hanna mention if its a climber,it could be,this coming season i should know more.

Keep an eye out on the Koanga Website,if all goes well it should be available maybe at the end of this season.

Comment by Hanna on September 20, 2011 at 8:05pm
Hi Sealander, I thought this was a more appropriate group to continue the mashua discussion, rather than the poultry group :-) After I asked you about mashua I found that Koanga sells something called aniu. I guess that is the same thing?? They are sold out this year, but I think next year is soon enough. Failing that, could I get a few tubers from you? :-)) Do they have to be grown as climbers? I read that they are inter-cropped with potatoes in the Andes and what do you actually think of them as a vegetable?
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on September 19, 2011 at 11:44pm
I must be tired - grief, look at the time.  Cheers! 11.45pm
Comment by moggy on September 19, 2011 at 11:22pm
berminate Alexander? is that legal? lol
Comment by Robyn Wolfe on September 19, 2011 at 11:15pm Thank you !

I also found a bit on  It never ceases to amaze that there are still edibles I've not heard of.  I'm trying to berminate success so far.  Kali, having another go at Achocha this year - as a screen for the boundary fence as much as anything.

Comment by Kali on September 19, 2011 at 4:04pm
moggy here is the info that we have, I am assuming they are ordinary peonies rather than tree type

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