Tuesday, 18 October 2011

From Seed to Seed - Oh Yes, Indeed

This frankly unremarkable picture of some frankly ordinary oca seeds hides a portentous event. For me, that is.  These are the seeds I've just collected from the self-sown oca seedlings that sprang up unannounced and, if truth be told, inconveniently among the rocotos.  It is, therefore, theoretically possible to produce an annual supply of oca seeds outdoors in our indifferent summer weather, without recourse to any elaborate horticultural facilities. Reaping what you sow, all within a single season - that's surely progress.  I am preparing myself for the inevitable media onslaught that will ensue from this paradigm-shifting, epochal moment in the ongoing acclimatisation of oca. Don't all rush - let me comb my hair and clean my fingernails first.

7 comments:

Rob said...

Congratulations. The seedlings should be more fertile and vigorous than there parents. Breeding out day-length sensitivity might take a while.

Catofstripes said...

I think oca is well on its way to becoming a weed here. This year I have the patch I planted (all flowering for a change by the way) and another patch where I had it last year and couldn't bear to uproot it. Next year though...

Vegetable Heaven said...

How thrilling - I knew you before you were famous!

Rhizowen said...

Rob - yes, you could say I'm using Tom's approach. That's how I think about it anyway.

Catofstripes - seeing as many crops started their lives as weeds of other crops, I take this to be a sign of oca's inherent suitability to a life of domestication in northern Europe.

Veg Heaven - I was more famous when I was 14 than I am now.

Mark said...

Second attempt at a comment, no idea what a null cache is but it stopped the first attempt. Here goes!
Congratulations, the seeds are small but it's inspiring to think about the potential that lies within them.

Rhizowen said...

Mark - a null cache sounds to me like the mice have raided my seed store. Thanks. There is indeed a lot of potential in those seeds. I'm thinking the time to realise that potential is fast approaching.

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