Kumara Maikio Gold – sorry, soldout for 2021


OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER (Kumara are all sent out once a year in October/November) Orders received will be placed on a first come first serve basis. The actual time of send out will depend on several factors, mostly the growth rate of the tupu .  

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.

We introduced a courier post option for kumara to get your parcel to you even quicker. Although we take great care in packing the tupu we cannot be responsible for it once it has left us.

Limited to 3 bundles per order

Genus & Species: Ipomoea batatas

Out of stock

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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. The weight of the crop on this variety seems to vary a lot. They are very sweet and one of my favourite.

View our Koanga Perennial Crop Selection Chart 

To help you decide which varieties will be best for you.

Creating A Perennial Garden Bed

This excerpt from the Koanga Garden Guide is filled with valuable information.

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.

Additional information

Weight 1 g