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Andean root crop the humble OCA. how to store


 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:54 am    Post subject: Andean root crop the humble OCA. how to store Reply with quote

It`s been nearly a month since the frosts have killed off my Oca foilage but saw some where to leave digging it up for a month or more for tubbers to grow. Got the Oca in the spring and planted it in an old raised bed. full of old soil from the side of a hill. bt mixed in some multi-purpose. Well enough waffling on. The Oca came into its own come July/August producing a mass of shamrock looking leaves. The 1st frost in late Oct killed off the foliage. was wondering how best to store tubbers for next year so I can grow them again in a newly built bigger and deeper raised bed.
Many thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems a little early to be harvesting, hope you do have tubers there in the soil.
I am planning on cleaning mine up then storing in a empty rice sack (we eat a lot of rice here!) in a cool dark place.

Heres a pic of mine I just took, some of them are even flowering!



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice healthy looking plants. Mine have all but died now from the frost. any idea when I should harvest them then? Its been over four weeks since foilage died to frost. Will tubers still be forming after four weeks? sorry so many questions in one go
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After four weeks , any tubers that are going to form will have. Heres a good guide from realseeds.co.uk - http://realseeds.co.uk/oca_instructions.html
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link will dig up the Oca this week and save any tubers for next years batch.
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