C. West wrote:any further info on different varieties? are any more hardy/productive/tasty than others?
C. West wrote:all those bulbs in the pic are from the cv-1 variety? how do they taste? im in zone 5 so the only ones that i could do are the chinese and japanese species, but in the future i want to try some in an unheated greenhouse with planter boxes giving two levels of protection. im a year or more away from experimenting, but am interested in how your varieties turn out, keep updating this thread if you can with comparisons and i would def buy som from you in the future (if i can get them in canada).
André Troylilas wrote:That's impressive, for sure. I'm growing whatever Dioscorea I can, and only the chinese one survives and gives small bulbils (and long roots).
The supposedly bulbifera I tried never gave me any aerial bulbil, and died when in storage.
Yours is a cultivar I would love to try if I was not on the wrong side of the pond.
André Troylilas wrote:I live in the North of France. The ones that never fail me are Dioscorea batatas and opposita.
The batatas was obtained from a french producer and from edulis, and the opposita from various sources, mostly from China.
The supposedly bulbifera I bought was from Uncle Chan garden, in Thaïland.
It's not available for the time being, but it will come back I guess, depends of the time of the year. I also bought from him and lost Dioscorea pseudo-tomentosa, Dioscorea filiformis
For the time being, he has Dioscorea esculenta. I grew this one, it withstood -7°C, but died last summer of drought.
I have Dioscorea alata and Dioscorea hamiltonii seeds.
I had bought Ichoïmo, but I lost track of them, they must be in the opposita/batatas mix I have.
Ellendra Nauriel wrote:I don't have a safe place to grow them right now, but I'd really like some in the future when my greenhouse is set up. There are actually several plant-breeding projects I've been hoping to do with air potatoes.
I'm in Wisconsin. I have no idea what would be involved in shipping them here, but I guess I have time to find out.
Caesar Smith wrote:I'm not sure if Customs would be an issue, but I think I can ship to France. The shipping to there might be a touch expensive though. The cheapest I've sent to Portugal was about US$15 in shipping.
Caesar Smith wrote:Was Uncle Chan's bulbifera bumpy, pockmarked or smooth? Nonthaburi Yellow is pockmarked (not very visible in the eBay pictures, I'll post one at the end). Mae-sai Yellow is said to be bumpy by the vendor, it hasn't arrived for me yet.
André Troylilas wrote:
I have not yet understood what works and what does not work with customs. I'd like to try my luck with your Dioscorea if you don't mind.
Aj Hans wrote:I'm interested in a few bulbils.
Caesar Smith wrote:The breeding possibilities are endless! And I'll try to cross them to polystachya if I get the chance.
Caesar Smith wrote:The breeding possibilities are endless! And I'll try to cross them to polystachya if I get the chance. The only thing missing is a decent plot of land. Not much space to grow giant vines in a suburban backyard. I'll be looking at land soon, to see if I can get a proper farm started.
Greg Martin wrote:Caesar, if you're interested PM and I'll send you contact info for someone I know who is also very interested in this sort of breeding work.
C. West wrote:it will be interesting to see what you find regarding yield and flavor, i would also be very interested in if some are more cold hardy as well
Jason Hernandez wrote:Oh, yours are yellow! Then mine might not be bulbifera. Thank you for posting the ways to tell the species apart; if there are others besides bulbifera that produce aerial tubers, then I will need to look in detail and identify mine for sure.
Local Dominican farmers do not seem to have cultivar names like the ones you describe; I have been told of only two varieties, which they call simply white and yellow. Mine are the white, suited to the soil on my site which is not rocky; the yellow, I am told, does better where the soil is rocky.
I haven't eaten any of the aerial tubers yet, because I have been saving them for planting material. The yams get enormous, though! Here is a picture -- note that it is broken off; I couldn't get all of it out of the ground!
Aj Hans wrote:I put my CV-2s in the ground a week ago or so. I may just start a thread on them when they start doing something worth talking about.
André Troylilas wrote:Nice, Caesar!
By the way, my bulbs are still sleeping...
Thomas Black wrote:Those purple bulbiferas are crazy. Are they more vigorous than the other bulbiferas? I ask because I’ve notice that my Ube’s are much more vigorous than my regular D. alata’s.