Growing Oca

I grew oca for the first time last year and loved it.  The taste of the tubers has been described as lemony potatoes and that is a good description.  It was hard not to eat them all but I wanted to save some for the following year, so I wrapped forty or so tubers loosely in an old cotton cloth and left them in a frost free garage over the winter. 

On 23 February I planted some into pots that had begun to sprout and left them for a few weeks in the same spot in the garage.  I planted them into pots because I was not sure about how early they can go into the ground.  On 7 March I planted into pots some new oca tubers just received from a supplier in France.  They also stayed in the garage for a few weeks.  On 23 March I planted the remainder of my saved tubers and a few of the French ones (these were starting to shrivel by then).  Around then as the weather was behaving I put all the pots in sheltered spots near the house. 

Because I like oca so much and because it is not that easy to come by I have been fretting about their welfare and wondering when I was going to see the first signs of growth.  I recalled that they seemed to take a long time last year, but that did not appease the anxious wait.   I was just starting to think that something had gone wrong when today I saw the first tiny green shoots peering through several of the pots!  Hooray!

About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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2 Responses to Growing Oca

  1. Pingback: Growing Oca (2) | Anni's perennial veggies

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m looking for a source to purchase oca for my garden..any suggestions?


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