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!

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Comment by Maree W on September 19, 2011 at 11:13pm

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.

Comment by Jade Temepara on September 19, 2011 at 10:53am
Hey thanks so much Maree. Will have to be quite clever with my approach then! can I also ask is the above pic only 1 kumara grown in 1 tyre? great harvest
Comment by Maree W on September 18, 2011 at 10:35pm

Hi Jade.

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!


Comment by Jade Temepara on September 18, 2011 at 8:33pm
Hey can you tell me please you put the slips in the tyre or the whole sprouted kumara? I have some ready to go but first timer and dont want to mess it up, also im in midcanterbury and we still getting frosts!
Comment by Rebecca Jane Jenkins on May 13, 2011 at 9:05am
Yeah that is awesome...might try growing them myself next year...YUM
Comment by steve on April 18, 2011 at 10:52am

thats great, i payed $1each per medium sized kumera last week.



Comment by Robyn Wolfe on April 12, 2011 at 5:29pm
 A goodly haul!  Congratulations!


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