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Sunroots For Sale: Genetically diverse. Prolifically Seeding.

 
Joseph Lofthouse
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I have sunroot tubers for sale. I'm asking $25 cash for a small flat rate box of them, which will contain two tubers each of at least 6 different varieties.

They are F1 or F2 hybrids of crosses between a commercial sunroot and an improved wild population which originated in Kansas. They produce lots of seeds in my garden if the flower heads are bagged soon after petal drop to prevent predation by birds. I have selected these for high productivity of tubers, short(ish) stolons, and vigorous growth under my no-input growing conditions. I have also selected for less-knobby tubers to make cleaning and harvest easier. I'll also send a sample of the commercial clone.

While these can be grown as food for man or beast, I use them primarily as a breeding population. If you've always wanted to do a Jerusalem artichoke breeding project, but didn't want to expend the effort of overcoming the self-incompatibility issue, then this population has just what you need. Or grow them as clones, selecting whichever varieties please you, or grow best under your conditions. I'll put numbers on the different varieties so that you can send me grow-reports if you'd like. I love hearing how my things grow!

Let's make arrangements via personal message or email.

I'm not interested in shipping outside the us.

I don't have a good place to store sunroots, and they are susceptible to freezing in transit, so let's get shipping taken care of before about November 18th.

I also have seeds for sale of the improved wild population. $5 per packet. Productivity of tubers is low because they are still very feral! Seeds store well, and are available any time...
 
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I'm pulling in my financial horns just now so it's "not this year" for me. But it's an awesome offer!

Plus, it has reminded me that it's past time for me to go dig the wild patch I have my eye on. Last year I screwed up and the wild tubers I dug didn't get stored properly, I let them dry out too much (they were tiny anyway) and they wouldn't sprout in spring.

Everybody: here's a thread from earlier in the year with some of Joseph's sun root pictures.
 
Joseph Lofthouse
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Dan Boone: Thanks.

Sunroots are very susceptible to dehydration. In my opinion they are best stored in the ground... I also store them in plastic bags in the fridge. I typically add a bit of peat, coconut fiber, or soil to the bags to soak up any excess moisture.

Sunroots are winter hardy in my zone 4b garden, so I plant tubers in the fall.

I cover seed heads with a bit of floating row cover to save them from birds.
 
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Joseph, is it possible to get some in the spring ? I would like to get some going up at my place in Wyoming but I wont be back up there until next May.
Maybe I should just try the seeds?
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Joseph, is it possible to get some in the spring ? I would like to get some going up at my place in Wyoming but I wont be back up there until next May.
Maybe I should just try the seeds?


I can share tubers of sunroot weeds in the spring. They won't be named as accurately, or selected as carefully as the ones I dig in the fall. But I'll still be able to send about a half dozen productive varieties.

Also, by spring I expect to have a few packets of F2 seeds to share. The seed heads are still drying. I planted tubers a couple days ago intending to grow a large seed crop next year.
 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I can share tubers of sunroot weeds in the spring. They won't be named as accurately, or selected as carefully as the ones I dig in the fall. But I'll still be able to send about a half dozen productive varieties.


I'm expecting to dig the sunroot tubers this week. Anyone want some? I'm intending to sell the rest of them at the farmer's market on May 7th, so send me a PM if you want me to save some out for you before then.
 
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I'll be digging the sunroot tubers during the next few weeks. I'm again making them available to permies members. This year I am asking $15 paper-currency for a small flat-rate box of tubers which includes postage. If you'd like to please me by paying with silver, I'd accept 5 silver dimes (1964 or earlier) and $7 paper-currency to cover postage. I'm not putting labels on the different varieties this year. I'll send a box of genetically diverse tubers from the F1 and F2 populations: A sampling of good productive varieties. Shipping to usa only. Send me a personal message or email if you need my mailing address, or grab it from the image on the bottom of my web site. This offer expires on November 15th, since I won't be able to store the tubers in good condition after that.

Due to requests for larger quantities, I'll also send medium flat-rate boxes for $35, postage included, or 10 silver dimes (1964 or earlier), and $14 paper-currency.




 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:This offer expires on November 15th, since I won't be able to store the tubers in good condition after that. 


The weather has been particularly mild this year, so the sunroot tubers are still in good shape. I'm extending the offer to ship tubers through the end of November.

 
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