Kumara Maikio Gold
SHIPMENT DATE: Send out starts in October but the actual timing varies from season to season. Orders are then sent out each week, mostly in the order received, but the actual send out time of any particular order depends on multiple factors including availability of tupu and speed of growth. Please read ordering information below.
Genus & Species: Ipomoea batatas
13 in stock
Heritage Status: Early Commercial
Bio-Region of Origin: Tokatoka Northland/Hokianga
Quantity: 15 tupu
Description: Developed from the commercial lines of golden kumara ( from Tokatoka) of 20 years ago; this one has been selected by Joseph as a good keeper in Whirinaki, Hokianga. This one produces quite distinctly different shapes on each plant, bearing both the long thin and the short round fat types. This variety consistently produces a good weight of crop. They are very sweet and one of my favourite.
Planting Instructions: Kumara need light/ sandy soils (Maori carried sand long distances to improve heavy soils) with a hard pan about a foot under the surface. We plant our kumara in beds that are about 1 metre wide. We shape the bed so a mound runs length ways along it. We then plant the kumara in two rows one on each side of the mound at a spacing of about 12 inches along each row. We stagger them so that the tupu on one side are positioned opposite the middle of the space between two on the other side. Bend the roots of the tupu under into a J -shape when planting so the roots face up to the top again under the ridge of soil, facing east or, in some traditions, north. Traditional additions to the soil were baked ground shell, seaweed, and woodash. We also use compost and Nature’s Garden fertiliser.
If you want to find out more about growing kūmara there is information in our website knowledge base
Important information on ordering:
Due to the need to juggle different varieties being ready and their regrowth rate, tupu will be made available to order after each pick (usually friday).
We will make what we have that week available but there will be more coming so if you miss out don’t worry – if you were on the waiting list we’ll put your name back on for the following pick.
Initially they will be available to members only but this will change as the season progresses.
If you are not on the waiting list then choose the varieties you are interested in, open the product and add your e-mail address.
On send out customers will receive an order note with tracking number to let them know their parcel is posted and to provide planting information