Mashua tubers for sale – Easy plant to grow with edible tubers and leaves, also grown for the ornamental flowers and for the leaves, planting in spring to autumn andbetter to buy tuber, plant or another option to start from seeds yet more challenging.
Mashua tubers – information before buying:
Growing information: perennial or annual plant, growing hardiness zone: 8-10a (as perennial) 4-8 (as annual), water needed – average amount, light conditions – full sun, height: 0.5-4 m, 2-160 inches
Blooming in the spring to autumn in bowl shaped flowers that appear in yellow, red, orange color.
Leaves harvesting in the spring to autumn in round shaped leaves that appear in green color.
Tuber harvesting in the autumn to winter in oval, cone or shapeless shaped tuber that appear in peel can be: red, white, brown, yellow, green, orange or purple, the inner is white color.
Alternative names: Mashua, Mashua plant, Tropaeolum tuberosum
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Mashua tubers for sale – What need to know before buying Mashua tubers for growing? What is the best season to buy Mashua tubers?
Mashua tubers for sale
Mashua tubers before buying need to know that that better start from tuber, cold climate, start in the spring, fast growing need trellising and need average amount of water.
Uses –for its pesticide properties in the vegetable garden (bactericide and insecticide), as an ornamental plant, in the kitchen to be eaten. Raw mashua tuber is a little sweet and spicy. Flowers and young raw leaves, with a pungent taste, decorate salads. Raw tubers are as pungent as radishes. They are softened by leaving them in the sun for a few days or by letting them freeze slightly. On the other hand, when cooked, a large part of their spiciness disappears. Cooked, it reminds almonds or chesnut while releasing anise taste. Generally mashua tuber is steamed.
Location – Bright location without direct sun.
Soil – deep, light and well-drained pH slightly acidic to neutral.
Temperature – When the first frosts arrive, protect the plant with mulch even if it can be in temperatures until -10°C (14°F)
Propagation – Seeds germination is difficult. Much better starting from tubers, in the spring. Put them in the soil 8cm (3 inches) deep and 35cm (14 inches) from each other. Butter when the plant reaches 30 cm (12 inches). Put the plant against a net, fence or stake to allow it to climb. Mashua tubers can also grow in a flowerpot. The best is an unglazed terracotta pot.
Watering – in the beginning to help the plant to settle. The soil should remain cool to moist throughout the growing season, as excess heat or drought requires dormancy in summer. Thereafter no need too much.
Harvesting – Mashua tubers produces late: the tubers are pulled out just after the first frosts because the flavor of the tubers is increased. It takes half a year between planting in the open ground and harvesting. Use a spade fork and proceed gently so as not to damage the tubers. Keep tubers that you do not consume immediately in the cellar, in sand. In terms of yield, the mashua tuber is a little less generous than the potato, but a tuber can still give more than a kilo.
Pest and diseases – no pest and diseases