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Oca sprouting in bag - too early to plant?


 
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Sneachta
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:44 pm    Post subject: Oca sprouting in bag - too early to plant? Reply with quote

I got some Oca in December and have been keeping it in a paper bag in an unused room in the house that has the curtains drawn and the heating off.

But I noticed today that the bulbs are starting to sprout. Should I be concerned and should I go ahead and plant now? I haven't grown this vegetable before so not sure if its frost hardy, which we surely will have a few days left of, before May even here by the coast.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it would be okay to plant them in to small pots and let them into the light indoors for a couple of weeks and then when rooted well plant them out.they are not over fond of the heat so best to get them in to the ground some time in april
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Oca sprouting in bag - too early to plant? Reply with quote

Sneachta wrote:

not sure if its frost hardy


Oca is not frost hardy.

I lost my entire crop during the November snow of 2010.

I find this a good site for Oca info:
http://ecofarm.ie/oca/index.html
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for the advice forest flame and My Potatoes. I'll hold off for the moment.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Planted them in the lovely warm and moist soil today, what a joy it is to have mild and damp weather again!!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

perfect timing i would say
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