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Messages - Chris Morrison

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My god that plant look healthy! I have just bought some of mine in, and will do rest tomo. Been sidetracked with garlic planting, and also have plenty stored roots for slips, then we need to make a plan for the seed Richard.

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Sweet Potatoes / Re: Breeding Sweet Potato in Australia
« on: 2020-05-19, 03:45:02 AM »
Yes Okinawan did this to me, this year. Thought there was nowt, but in fact a good crop 'deep and wide'. Hopeless really, most fork damaged and many probably remain unharvested! Shame as they are a great eater. Pots only for those from now on. And they did not flower, except for very early in the piece.

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Variation in seed planting depth a possibility?

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Sweet Potatoes / Re: Breeding Sweet Potato in Australia
« on: 2020-05-18, 01:43:44 AM »
Great summary there whwoz.
Re Clunkers: If you look at the last pic I posted on the NZ page here, the clunker on the scales and the 2 behind it, are all my mutant 'EFR' which, 2nd year in, presents large (1kg+), mainly uniform roots, in my conditions. Richard got a lesser sized result, but still similar uniformity. These would be as simple as spuds to process imho. They also appear to have very few 'eyes'. They are incredible sweet to eat, and yet firm. Possibly too sweet for fries, as sugar burns? Anyways, having been involved with process veg previously, I agree with all your points, but reckon we could breed an 'ezy peel' clunker - I certainly won't be tossing them.

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Sweet Potatoes / Re: Breeding Sweet Potato in Australia
« on: 2020-05-16, 12:02:54 AM »
The clunkers would be ideal for chipping/processing, imho.
SP Fries are showing strong growth vs french fries, for obvious reasons.
All about yield per plant for process cropping, so I would not ditch a plant doing 4~5kg at 2 x 2~2.5kg clunkers
Thoughts?

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Final Seed tally 376, of which 300 were from 'G1'. The G1 storage roots harvested today did ok also. Over 2kg from the 1 plant , a bit manky as they should ideally have been pulled late March, but seeding went on, an on! No decent roots to speak of, on BB Cuzzie.
Native flowering 'EFR' has decent roots, some up yo 1.6kg (3rd pic). That's us done and dusted for the season - it's been great :-)

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Thanks Fredzy, well noted. Sorry about the duplicate post, not sure how that happened!

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Wow, interesting strategy. Will you use soft/fabric planter bags? Maybe 5 gallon, or larger? I am toying with a similar idea, using large terracotta pots, may be an issue dumping those, perhaps more likely a deep 'tickle'. The idea with Terracotta, is they look cool, and initial expense aside, present an ideal porch/patio growing option, where the plant offer pretty blooms aver 4 months, the runners can be snipped and eaten (they are actually really good), and of course the nice big fat roots and the main prize. I think I can 'sell' this idea to some older folk in apartments, well, anyone who craves gardening yet is space constrained, for that matter I guess? It would be a controlled 'trial'. I would only let out 1 seed type, so no seed setting occurs in the potted trials.
Any thoughts?

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Wow, interesting strategy. Will you use soft/fabric planter bags? Maybe 5 gallon, or larger? I am toying with a similar idea, using large terracotta pots, may be an issue dumping those, perhaps more likely a deep 'tickle'. The idea with Terracotta, is they look cool, and initial expense aside, present an ideal porch/patio growing option, where the plant offer pretty blooms aver 4 months, the runners can be snipped and eaten (they are actually really good), and of course the nice big fat roots and the main prize. I think I can 'sell' this idea to some older folk in apartments, well, anyone who craves gardening yet is space constrained, for that matter I guess? It would be a controlled 'trial'. I would only let out 1 seed type, so no seed setting occurs in the potted trials.
Any thoughts?

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How cool looking are the BB Cuzzie pods.

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Good tips there Mark, thanks. I was wondering 'whats next' with my seeds. Still harvesting but coming to an end. Should get ~300 odd for the season, very happy with that. I had no luck with slips last year, but didn't really try that hard, concentrated on over wintered cuttings. This year will try the sandbox in sunny window! I know the highly seed prolific 'G1' has good roots directly under the plant, so is seeming like a 'Super SP'.
Then we have to figure out where and how to plant all the seed, so watching what you do carefully, as I am sure Richard is  :-)

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Yes, I think that will be the case Richard, bit like my garlic experiments - stuff popping up everywhere now! and as for Bamboo, there is plenty here, but thinking a more robust frame maybe, bit like on that Cornell Uni video, in case of high winds/rain? BB especially is a tricky monster, dense as could be, with little/short.. fat/thick pod stalks, that take an age to mature (again vs G1)

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Ahh yes, that was what I had in mind, tomato frame, or similar. As an aside, have noticed that BB is a 'spitter', some pods, whilst drying down inside, have spat seeds out. This has not occurred with G1 or EFR.

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Thanks whwoz. Hmmm, I recall some type of wire support system, with a flare, perhaps for flower arranging? Something like that might work, just to keep the Bushy types off the soil, and allow air circ.

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I will be using a trellis system next season Richard. Harvesting is a bloody pain, scratching around on hands and knees daily, and the dense foliage of BB is a haven for mold - BB is a very late maturing pod also, so maybe more prone to disease (vs G1). Running the plants skyward on a support system may assist pollination, and airflow, so better quality and yield? Plus less voltaren needed!  Should also be able to better utilize garden area. I am thinking waratahs and steel reinforcing mesh, to perhaps 1.8m high? The only issue I think, is both G1 and BB are squat non-running types, so may not be suitable for such a system - perhaps better in 50litre tubs? Any thoughts guys?

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