I decided to harvest my Golden Kumara this weekend. Compared to my purple kumara, the golden has given a much better crop.
One kumara sprouted on a windowsill, in a tyre with compost. When it was sprouting through the soil, another tyre went on top, and filled with more compost.
The larger kumara were in the bottom tyre, they were so tightly packed together I could barely get them out!
I didn't weigh them, but I got one full bucketful. I think I will grow 6 next season!
Yes it was just one kumara. You can see the original tuber in top photo, on top of soil still in the tyre.
I was talking to my Mum about it, and she said that her brother, when living in Rotorua, struggled to grow Kumara and pumpkins. If you can grow pumpkin, you should be able to grow kumara, especially in a tyre. You will need a really warm, protected spot. We had a very dry spring last year, and I think if I had watered it more, the tubers might have filled out a bit more. Still pretty pleased with the result though.
I planted the whole sprouted tuber, right at the bottom, and then piled the compost on top.
I know kumara like warm soil, so if you are still getting frosts I would wait until the soil has warmed up a bit. Perhaps cover it with black polythene for a few more weeks. I am in Whangarei and I haven't planted this year's tubers out yet. Probably in another month or so. I think November is the traditional time for planting them?????
Good luck, lets check back in at harvest time!
thats great, i payed $1each per medium sized kumera last week.
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