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Requests for new crops

Got a crop that you want to plant, but it's not on the list? Request it here!

A note on non-edible crops: Growstuff is all about edible/food gardening, so our crops database focuses on things that are edible/have culinary uses. For now, we will only be adding edible crops. In future, we hope to allow members to select "other" in the planting form, and specify a plant that's not in the database. This will allow you to track things like your houseplants in Growstuff without them being an official part of our crop database.


Posted by Skud on March 19, 2013 at 13:15 and edited at March 19, 2013 at 13:19
  • mulberry
  • mizuna
  • bok choy
  • choy sum
Posted by Skud on March 20, 2013 at 07:04
  • loquat
  • vietnamese mint
Posted by shiny on March 20, 2013 at 07:53

blueberry kumara rhubarb

Posted by shiny on March 20, 2013 at 07:53


Posted by Skud on March 20, 2013 at 08:06


Silverbeet is the same as chard, so you might want to just add it under that for now (international names are on the way!) Ditto kumara/sweet potato if Google and Wikipedia are informing me correctly.

Rhubarb's there already. Blueberry... I'm amazed we don't have it, but we don't, so we'll get on that ASAP!

Posted by ribbonknight on March 20, 2013 at 21:14

Spider plants! Rabbit foot fern/Davallia fejeensis

(I am creating a "garden" for my indoor container plants. I hope this is okay?!)

Posted by Skud on March 20, 2013 at 22:16

ribbonknight: for now, we're just doing food crops. In future, we hope to be able to support user-added unofficial/other crops (this would also include varieties like "nanna's tomatoes from the old house"), but we're not there yet.

Posted by inkstone on March 21, 2013 at 13:56
  • tatsoi
  • broccoli rabe/rapini

I don't know if you want to split out the various hot peppers (I saw cayenne and habanero on the crop list though) but if so: jalapeno, serrano, pequin/piquin

Posted by Skud on March 21, 2013 at 23:01

@inkstone: we do, but we might wait until we have crop varieties implemented -- we're planning to make a hierarchy of them, which will be great for this use.

Posted by inkstone on March 21, 2013 at 23:49

@skud - That would be great. Tomatoes are another one that'd be great for.

Posted by Skud on March 22, 2013 at 00:14

Oh, there are so many! Beans, squashes, lettuce, potatoes, even varieties of mint. I can't wait to get the full variety of what we grow into our database here.

Posted by Skud on March 22, 2013 at 06:13

FYI, all requests up the the current point (apart from non-edible ones, international variations, and varieties of existing crops which we'll deal with when we have crop hierarchies) have been added.

These are the new crops:

Thanks for your suggestions, and keep them coming!

Posted by maco on March 29, 2013 at 15:56 and edited at March 29, 2013 at 15:56

Things I might plant this year that have uses in the "medicinal herb" category (um and dyeing...) more than the "make a meal" category:

  • madder (Rubia tinctorum), used to treat amennorhea, edema, jaundice...lots of blood problems (also makes red dye)
  • African marigold, again with the treatments for blood problems (amennorhea, parasites...possibly an abortificant?)... (also makes yellow dye)
  • stinging nettle, can make a tisane, treats hay fever (green dye)
  • elecampane (aka horse heal), an expectorant (blue dye)
  • Our Lady's bedstraw, vegetable rennet for cheese-making (yellow dye from tops, red from roots)

I also don't see squash in the crop list.

Posted by jinty on March 29, 2013 at 17:43

Winter savoury (

Posted by Skud on March 29, 2013 at 23:57 and edited at March 30, 2013 at 00:08

@maco: we were discussing this on IRC last night and while we haven't settled completely on what the guidelines will be, we probably won't list anything that Wikipedia or similar resources online don't describe as edible. We're not really setting ourselves up to be a medicinal herb database (though obviously many herbs that are culinary do also have medicinal uses), so anything like that (I'm thinking eg. foxglove/digitalis which has medicinal uses but which you wouldn't chow down on for a snack) and plants useful for other purposes (dyes, insect repellants, etc) are the sort of thing that we'd want to let people include as "other" and fill in the details for their own plantings, but not necessarily have as part of the official crop database.

Of the crops you mention, the following are what I'd call edible crops:

  • nettle: definitely! nettle soup is a thing, for instance.
  • marigold: there are several types of plants known as marigolds, and of those, calendula (pot marigold) are definitely edible, while other varieties including French and African marigolds (Tagetes) may or may not be. Opinions vary. Wikipedia does list Tagetes minuta as a culinary herb used in Peru/Ecuador/Chile/Bolivia where it is called "huacatay". We should definitely add calendula and Tagetes minuta, and investigate further on other marigold varieties.
  • elecampane: Wikipedia says it's used in the manufacture of absinthe, so I guess it counts!
  • Lady's bedstraw: vegetable rennet for cheesemaking is definitely food!

The only one I can't find edible uses for is madder. I think that's one we'd have to treat as unofficial.

ETA: and you're quite right that squash is missing. What were we thinking!?

Further ETA: oops, calendula is "pot marigold" -- fixed above. Also Mexican Marigold (Tagetes lucida) is used as a culinary herb, often called Mexican tarragon.

Posted by Skud on March 29, 2013 at 23:57 and edited at April 01, 2013 at 04:13

@jinty: Good one! We'll definitely add that.

ETA: actually, we do already have it: winter savory

Posted by carene on March 30, 2013 at 15:25

This list crosses the edible/non-edible line in many ways, but all of these plants are used by food gardeners who are increasingly borrowing techniques from agriculture. The two most common cover crops/green manures grown around here, oats and buckwheat, are already on the list because they are edible by humans, but are almost always grown for other purposes.

Green Manure/Forage Crops/Nurse Crops/Cover Crops grown in the temperate regions of Canada and available to gardeners (things I didn't see on the current crop list, not a definitive list, aka names taken from Wikipedia for the most part):

Lolium multiflorum - aka Annual Ryegrass, Italian Ryegrass, (not Lolium rigidum the Australian rygrass species seen as a weed)

Trifolium repens - aka White Clover, Dutch Clover

Trifolium pratense - aka Red Clover

Trifolium incarnatum - aka Crimson Clover, Italian Clover

Vicia villosa - aka Hairy Vetch, Fodder Vetch, Winter Vetch

Vigna unguiculata (subspecies unguiculata) - aka Cowpea, Black-eyed Pea, Field Pea (you have another subspecies as yardlong bean)

Sinapis alba (also known as Brassica alba and Brassica hirta) - aka White Mustard (similar to Mustard - Brassica juncea, but sold as a nitrogen fixer not a food crop.)

Posted by Skud on March 31, 2013 at 08:23

@carene: Yeah, I've been thinking about those sorts of crops a lot lately. The problem is, it's hard to tell where to draw the line with "helper" plants. For now I think they still count as "other"/non-edible, but stay tuned, because if we change our minds about how we're doing this, I will bet that green manures etc. will be central to the discussion.

Posted by Skud on March 31, 2013 at 08:23

Quick one... after telling @shiny upthread that silverbeet was the same as chard, I just discovered we don't even have chard! /o\

Posted by Meg on March 31, 2013 at 12:39

I was just going to ask for chard/silverbeet!

I'm also planting rapa da foglia senza testa, a rootless turnip grown for the leaves. I've put it in my garden under 'turnip' but it felt a bit wrong to do so. The brassicas are super difficult to categorise though, so no dramas to leave it out if it's too complicated (or wait till we have hierarchical categories).


Posted by Skud on March 31, 2013 at 12:58

@Meg: looks like the most common English name is "leaf turnip". We also have a plan to add international names for everything, which would be handy for stuff like this, so you can search it by whatever name you know it by -- type "turnip" or "rapa" or whatever and it'll start to suggest likely matches. Anyway, I agree that brassicas are Hard with a capital H, and that this one should probably wait for hierarchical crops.

Also, assuming you're the Meg I think you are (you're from Melbourne and you're planting awesome things, so it's likely), I just planted some of the kale and spinach and other stuff you gave me late last year -- thanks!

Posted by Meg on March 31, 2013 at 13:16

This is indeed me. The site is looking fantastic - congratulations!

Glad to hear that the seeds are getting used. If you spot anything else I plant that you're interested in, let me know and I can drop or post some to you. I've got a couple of little nasturtiums from your seeds too, so thanks in return for those!

Posted by Skud on April 01, 2013 at 04:44

More crops added! Should be up to date with the comments above.

Posted by attlebish on April 01, 2013 at 05:55

Aloe vera

Posted by shermozle on April 02, 2013 at 00:03 and edited at April 02, 2013 at 00:05

Hops! I have some growing up the side of my shed right now. No cones yet though, expecting a crop next Summer.

Chilli/Chile/Chili peppers and sweet peppers too.

Posted by Skud on April 02, 2013 at 00:28 and edited at April 02, 2013 at 21:13

@shermozle: ooh, good one! I was just thinking about it the other day when I was watching a TV show that involved some, but I forgot to add it here. Also, hi! welcome! good to see you here!

ETA: peppers are listed under, uh, peppers. Breaking them down into more detail will have to wait for hierarchical crops.

Posted by Skud on April 02, 2013 at 12:41

rose geranium

Posted by sesmith on April 03, 2013 at 03:38 and edited at April 03, 2013 at 03:38

--gai lan --mo qua/fuzzy melon --jackfruit --Meyer lemon --sourgrass (this might be an Oxalis forkout when hierarchies get implemented, because both Oxalis stricta and Oxalis pes-caprae are common weeds, I mean food items, around here at least...)

Posted by Skud on April 03, 2013 at 03:46


Is fuzzy melon the same as winter melon? ... that's the closest I could find on wikipedia.

I thought Meyer lemon would need to wait for hierarchical crops, but it turns out it is taxonomically distinct from other lemons, so yup, that's a good one to add.

The most common name for sourgrass/oxalis seems to be "wood sorrel" so we'd probably add it under that, and add additional dialect names later.

Posted by inkstone on April 03, 2013 at 09:02

You had chard though! It was under Swiss chard. It was chard on the dev site previously but it somehow changed from there to the live site...? Don't know if they should be merged?

Posted by Skud on April 03, 2013 at 09:50

@inkstone: d'oh, so we did. Oh well, it'll all shake out when we get hierarchical crops. Swiss chard (aka silverbeet) can be a sub-type of chard, alongside rainbow chard, perpetual spinach, and whatever else.

Posted by oakandsage on April 04, 2013 at 03:50

Nectarine? Or are you considering that covered under peach? WP says they're the same species, which I didn't know.

Posted by Skud on April 04, 2013 at 03:52

@oakandsage if they're the same species then that's probably why we haven't put nectarines in as yet. When we have hierarchical crops I suspect we'll nest it under peaches... weird as that seems in colloquial English language usage, it's probably the correct thing to do.

Posted by Meg on April 09, 2013 at 02:08

Yet another brassica (do I plant anything else??): upland cress, a.k.a. winter cress or land cress, species Barbarea verna.

Posted by Skud on April 14, 2013 at 08:10

Snowpea (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum),

Posted by Skud on April 17, 2013 at 11:10
Posted by Skud on April 17, 2013 at 11:28

Alright, I just added:

Thanks all for your suggestions, and keep them coming!

Posted by rubah on April 30, 2013 at 04:48

Personally, I'm not raising it for food, but some people do eat bamboo shoots.

Posted by jeliza on May 04, 2013 at 18:23 and edited at May 04, 2013 at 19:19

I would like to see melon (either generic, or separate entries for watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, since I'm not real clear on the relationships).

Posted by neotoma on May 09, 2013 at 03:52

Serviceberry, aka shadbush, pigeonberry, saskatoon, juneberry. Amelanchier spp and hybrids.

Posted by Finch on May 09, 2013 at 18:00

Snow peas is great but I'm also raising sugar snap peas. Which are another kind of pea, but they're definitely not the same thing as snow peas so I'm not sure if I should wait for varieties or not.

Posted by hanhaiwen on May 11, 2013 at 17:41

I'm missing daisy (it's definitely edible).

Posted by Skud on May 15, 2013 at 01:51

@hanhaiwen there are many different daisies, though, and not all are edible -- which do you mean? See for a partial list.

It looks like Bellis Perennis, the European daisy, is used as a potherb, and Leucanthemum vulgare's seedpods can be used like capers, so we should probably add those two at least.

Posted by black_hound on May 27, 2013 at 20:59 and edited at May 29, 2013 at 13:14

I don't know if these are hierarchical but I regularly grow a variety of hot and sweet peppers.

Cherry Bomb peppers (Capsicum annum); Corno di Toro, an heirloom Italian sweet pepper; Hungarian Wax hot pepper; Cubanelle aka Italian Roasting pepper (at least that's its nickname in my area), a mild chili pepper.

In the meantime I was going to add them to my gardens as generic 'pepper' and then define them in the notes, but I didn't see a generic 'pepper' choice in the list of crops. (I could easily be blind and have missed it.)

Posted by snakeyjack on June 12, 2013 at 03:18

Would it be possible to add wild ginger and milkweed (very edible, especially the pickled pods!)?

Posted by tiki19 on June 16, 2013 at 10:47

Moringa (sometimes called drumstick tree) :-) Rosella (which I didn't think was the same as roselle, but I'm willing to be corrected, it's a hibiscus with edible calyxes, the one they preserve and put in cocktails). Asparagus pea (it's not asparagus, nor what we typically think of as a pea). Ruby saltbush. Wattle (edible seeds and gum, there are several varieties but just an Acacia or Wattle entry would work for now) Ice plant (related to but not the same as pigface, has edible leaves) Sorry to throw a bunch at you - I'm experimenting with a lot of unusual and uncommon edible plants while working out what's heat hardy and likes long hot summers (which is almost no "typical" English vegetables :-) )

Posted by sjkasabi on June 16, 2013 at 11:20

Murnong daisy please!

Posted by Skud on June 18, 2013 at 20:50

@sjkasabi, @tiki19: excellent suggestions! we'll add them shortly.

Posted by trishf42 on July 24, 2013 at 13:44

Silverbeet, please! (I've said it's rainbow chard, but it isn't really.)

Posted by Skud on July 24, 2013 at 14:04

@trishf42: We really need to get those international names working, and this is why :) Use swiss chard, which is what they call silverbeet in the US. There's also a generic chard if you have some other variety.

Posted by Skud on August 20, 2013 at 00:08

Two more suggestions from other threads: goji berry and burdock.

Posted by Skud on August 26, 2013 at 00:16

Via @thatjohn on Twitter: lupin, which has a number of culinary uses.

Posted by Skud on August 26, 2013 at 05:28
Posted by Skud on August 28, 2013 at 08:35

I notice we're missing finger lime (just noticed a new member planting "lime" but actually meaning finger lime, which is an Australian native).

Posted by MsKat on August 28, 2013 at 10:31

Hello! I'd like to request rocket and spring onion.

Posted by Skud on August 28, 2013 at 10:40

@MsKat: for rocket, try "arugula" (that's the US name, which we use by default, I'm afraid).

Spring onions -- we don't actually have these! We should add them, though we'll probably use the more common US terminology "scallion". We'll let you know (in this thread) when it's done.

Posted by dunia on August 29, 2013 at 09:56 and edited at August 29, 2013 at 10:17

Hello! Can we please add 1. green onions 2. perilla (or shiso) 3. nectarine (tree) 4. midgen berry (australian native which has edible white berries) 5. chilli 6. capsicum

Posted by geeksdoitbetter on September 05, 2013 at 00:52

Could we add whatever plant was growing in the secret garden?

Posted by Tiggothy on September 05, 2013 at 20:33

Hiya, Unless they're listed under a different name, please could you add redcurrant (ribes rubrum), and possibly whitecurrant (which, rather embarassingly, I forgot to check if it was already on the list before coming over here...)?

Love the site - fantastic idea, maybe I'll now be able to keep track of what I've sown when :-D

Posted by Skud on September 06, 2013 at 00:44

@dunia: capsicums and chillis are currently being added en masse (see this spreadsheet developed by our crop wrangler volunteers). Nectarine is the same species as peach, but should be added as a variety, yes. I'll also add perilla, midgen berry, and perilla/shiso.

@geeksdoitbetter: if you can find me a name and a wikipedia link, I'll consider it ;)

@Tiggothy: we don't have either, so I'll definitely add them. And thank you :)

Posted by Skud on September 09, 2013 at 02:37

Just added:

Anything I've missed?

Posted by dunia on September 15, 2013 at 03:46

Doh. May I have pandanus. I have 2 screw pine pandanus. They are pandanus amaryllifolius aka chinese vanilla!

Posted by neotoma on September 29, 2013 at 12:00

May I have naranjilla -- Solanum quitoense.

Posted by Skud on October 01, 2013 at 02:06

@dunia, @neotoma: sure thing! I've added "pandan" (the common name for pandanus) and naranjilla.

Posted by broderick on October 07, 2013 at 10:36

I've just started a water garden in a kind of pot pond, and have watercress and water chestnuts growing. Any chance of adding these to the database? I'm also hoping to have some water spinach (also known as kang kong) soon, just waiting for the seeds to sprout!

Posted by ianturton on October 15, 2013 at 10:09

Can we have Pak Choi?

Posted by Skud on October 15, 2013 at 10:22

@ianturton it's in there already as bok choy :)

Posted by Skud on October 15, 2013 at 11:32

@broderick I've added watercress, water chestnut and for good measure water caltrop which was linked from the water chestnut page on Wikipedia and has edible seeds. Things you learn!

Posted by teddlesruss on November 13, 2013 at 06:19 and edited at November 13, 2013 at 07:34

Cos (Romaine) Lettuce Black eyed pea (black eyed bean, cow pea)

Posted by sciguy on December 30, 2013 at 17:52

Sugar snappeas, please.

Posted by shadawyn on January 30, 2014 at 17:13

I'd like to request kiwi and hazelnut/filberts, please :)

Posted by gotica on February 11, 2014 at 03:26

Hey, Could you please add Siam Chillies to the list.

May I also recommend following a "family -> genus -> species" naming convention so that way you go to a chilli/pepper section first, then find your type from that section. It may also help with any database changes that need to be done in the future if the list grows substantially.

Posted by CaravanChild on February 12, 2014 at 10:05

Butterbeans, Spring Onions. :)

Posted by urbangardenhochfeld on April 08, 2014 at 09:45

Kiwifruit (tree) / Chinese Gooseberry

Posted by juliet on May 10, 2014 at 18:22

Good King Henry (edible perennial).

Posted by Skud on May 30, 2014 at 16:33 and edited at May 30, 2014 at 16:33

The following have been added:

@gotica, at present we are only adding crops that have a page in Wikipedia (we're basically outsourcing a bunch of our research to them) and I can't find a page for Siam chillis. Are you thinking of Thai birds eye chilli? We have them. We do not use a fixed family-genus-species structure because things are not quite as neat and tidy as that, but we do have a hierarchical structure which you can see at (and you can see children of the chilli pepper family under

@CaravanChild Spring onions are listed as "welsh onions" (yes we know this is weird, alternate names are something that needs to happen soon, but the term "spring onion" is unclear because it's used differently in different parts of the world!) Also, butter beans may be a type of runner bean or a different name for lima bean, both of which we have -- which were you thinking of?

Posted by thiotimoline on July 01, 2014 at 02:00 and edited at July 01, 2014 at 02:28

I'd like to request the following crops:

  • Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

  • Wine cap mushroom (Stropharia rugoso-annulata)

  • Beech mushroom (Hypsizygus tessulatus)

  • Lion's mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)

  • King oyster mushroom (Pleurotus eryngii)

  • Phoenix oyster mushroom (Pleurotus pulmonarius)

  • Blue oyster mushroom (Pleurotus columbinus)

Edit: I'm assuming spores/agar cultures count as "seeds", so I'll put down some more things I'd like to list even though I haven't actually grown them.

  • Golden oyster mushroom (Pleurotus citrinopileatus)

  • The Prince (Agaricus augustus)

  • Blushing morel (Morchella rufobrunnea)

  • Field blewit (Lepista saeva)

  • Enoki mushroom (Flammulina velutipes)

  • Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus gilbertsonii)

  • Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)

  • Yellow morel (Morchella esculenta)

Posted by Skud on July 03, 2014 at 00:29

thiotimoline, those are great suggestions, but I think I had probably better have a chat with our crop wrangling team about it so we can set up the hierarchy of species/varieties/etc correctly. I'll get back to you soon :)

Posted by emmavr72 on September 10, 2014 at 07:41

I've just planted some salad burnet. Would be great if you could add it to your database. Thanks!

Posted by Mordae on September 10, 2014 at 10:33

and if there is a chance you could also add Myoga Ginger, I'd appreciate it :D

Posted by maco on September 10, 2014 at 16:40

@emmavr72: salad burnet is in the db already

@Mordae: I've added myoga ginger

Posted by Theomuur on September 10, 2014 at 17:31

Hello, I'm new to this site. The Idea is fantastic so thank you very much for your work. Can you please add the Wine Cap mushroom, Stropharia rugosoannulata, to the database?

Posted by maco on September 10, 2014 at 22:19

Theomuur: done! wine cap mushroom

Posted by Mordae on September 11, 2014 at 11:19

Thanks Maco :)

Is there any chance of also adding Pineapple Sage (is fairly distinct from the other types), Oak (just because you can eat the acorns...eventually) and Ice Cream Bean (I think the Latin name is Indus Edulis or something similar). Many thanks again.

Posted by nein09 on September 11, 2014 at 22:41

Deer tongue lettuce

(um, how specific do you want to get with all this? I can tell you all about the different varieties of lettuce I grow, and cucumbers as well)

Posted by Skud on September 11, 2014 at 22:45

@nein09 If you're interested, we'd love your help as a volunteer crop wrangler, to help us get all these things into our database.

At present we have a policy of only including crops that have their own wikipedia pages, which effectively outsources the effort of figuring out which ones are real/notable. However this falls down for lettuce because Wikipedia just has one page for all kinds of lettuce. They don't even have a page for iceberg lettuce! So we need to figure out what to do about that, and reconsider how we manage wikipedia links, determining notable varieties, etc.

If you're interested in taking part in this process, the crop wranglers have a discussion forum (brand new!) over at, so go check it out :)

Posted by nein09 on September 11, 2014 at 22:48

Cool, I'm in! I only know much about the lettuces that grow well at my house, so I'd love to put my head (har har) together with some other folks.

Posted by Skud on September 13, 2014 at 14:53
Posted by Mad_Martha on September 15, 2014 at 15:03

Could Elephant Garlic (Allium ampeloprasum) be added, please? Not a 'true' garlic but a member of the leek family, despite appearances!

Posted by ceels on September 17, 2014 at 09:17

Lisbon Lemon

Posted by Minigarden on September 17, 2014 at 19:38

Should red onion be counted as an onion or could it be on its own?

Posted by MadGastronomer on September 18, 2014 at 03:46

Since there are several mint varietals already listed, could chocolate mint and spearmint be added?

Posted by gardenlarder on September 19, 2014 at 01:08

Lotus, kurrajong... in fact since I specialize in rare and unusual veg and fruit from around the world I am finding it hard to put anything on my planting list. I think I might come back to use this site in a year and see if it suits me better.

Posted by Skud on September 19, 2014 at 01:18 and edited at September 19, 2014 at 01:20

@gardenlarder we have a volunteer crop wrangling team who add new crops -- if you specialise in rare ones we would love to get you involved! You can find out more at

@MadGastronomer we have a spreadsheet full of mint varieties and other herbs in related families that we'll be uploading soon. Hang tight! Meanwhile, just plant it as mint and make a note in the description field.

@MiniGarden just plant it as onion and make a note in the description field.

@ceels just plant it as lemon and make a note in the description field.

@Mad_Martha I have added elephant garlic for you :)

Posted by navtis on October 09, 2014 at 21:10

It's telling me there are no 'broad beans' (vicia faba) - is that really right? Or is that just a (UK) regional name?

Posted by Dan on October 09, 2014 at 21:19
  • Loganberry
Posted by At_Home_In_My_Garden on October 10, 2014 at 11:40

Could we please up Lemonade Tree :)

Posted by olav on November 28, 2014 at 21:05

Could you please add "Walnut tree"?

Posted by Skud on November 29, 2014 at 09:55

@olav, we already have walnut. Doesn't that work for you?

Posted by stuartbrown on December 30, 2014 at 20:27 and edited at December 30, 2014 at 20:28


Great site!

Could you please add: 1 Sweet Pepper - California Wonder 2 Hot Pepper - Fuego F1 3 Tomato - Favorita F1 4 Tomato - Big Mama F1 5 Cucumber - Carmen F1

Maybe a PUT option for doing this in v1 API? ;-)

Posted by Skud on December 30, 2014 at 23:04

Hi @stuartbrown! At present we can only add crops which have their own Wikipedia page -- can you provide Wikipedia links for any of these? If not, just use the more general variety (eg. cucumber) and put the variety in the notes/description.

One of our developers, @tygriffin is working on an easier request new crops process, which may interest you. When we do get around to PUT actions via the API, this will definitely be part of it!

Posted by danielneis on January 15, 2015 at 14:11 and edited at January 15, 2015 at 15:05

Hello, everybody

i am from Brazil and recently started to work on my mother's garden/house. We have some fruit trees

  • pitanga
  • cereja
  • jabuticaba

Could you please add these?

We also have a lot of flowers that I have to found the names and translate them =) One of them is the "Manjericão roxo", Ocimum pupuraceus, that do not have a wikipedia page yet =T Another is the "Lírio da paz", that has a wikipedia page at

Kind regards, Daniel

Posted by Skud on January 16, 2015 at 11:54

Hi @danielneis, and welcome! Great to have more growers from Brazil :)

I've added the following new crops: jabuticaba, Brazilian cherry aka Surinam cherry or cayenne cherry (in English), which is your "pitanga". Cerejeira seems to be what we call cherry in English so please just use that one.

FYI we're working on adding alternate names in multiple languages, so if you stick around we'd love your help adding names for things in Brazilian Portuguese. Then you'll be able to use "pitanga", "cereja", etc :)

Posted by danielneis on January 18, 2015 at 16:34 and edited at January 18, 2015 at 16:37


thanks for the additions!

Are flowers allowed? My mother has a nice garden alongside the garage with beautiful Peace Lilys ( =)

Kind regards, Daniel

Posted by Skud on January 18, 2015 at 22:09

@danielnela we're focused on edible crops, so if the flowers are edible, then yes! (Usually we use Wikipedia as a guide to this -- in the English wikipedia there is usually a section "uses" that tells you if it's edible.)

In the future we hope to allow people to plant "other" (non-edible) crops, which will be tracked in their own garden but not part of our overall crop database. We have an issue in our issue tracker for this: Plant/harvest "other" crops. However, nobody is working on it just yet.

Posted by cobi on February 05, 2015 at 03:55

greek basil - Ocimum obovatum

Posted by Serene on February 17, 2015 at 00:40

Fish pepper; photo of packet: Genovese basil; photo of packet:

Posted by liedra on February 18, 2015 at 16:16 and edited at February 18, 2015 at 16:21

Spring onions please! Also mangetout.

Posted by neotoma on March 04, 2015 at 16:02 and edited at March 05, 2015 at 01:29

Can we get a generic 'hot pepper' for unknown or not yet added cultivars?

Also: Royal Black Hot Pepper Chinese Five-Color Hot Pepper Czechoslovakian Black Hot Pepper Sikana -- aka Sicana oderifera Cassabanana, Melocoton, Musk Cucumber Alpine strawberry -- aka Fragaria vesca woodland strawberry serviceberry -- aka Amelanchier spp juneberry, pigeonberry, shadbush, saskatoon *pepino melon -- aka Solanum muricatum pepino dulce, tree melon, melon pear

Will we ever be able to search for crops by their scientific names?

Posted by McAuliflower on March 04, 2015 at 16:53 and edited at March 04, 2015 at 17:02

request to add: calendula

I'm new to this so not sure if this is how to go about this. I'm surprised at how many plants are not listed as "crops"... and I'm not finding "other" to be a usable entry for the crop field. I'm getting frustrated about joining this system when I can't even enter the first data field. ... can I volunteer to go through a seed catalog and hand enter a couple hundred? :D

Posted by MarkSanders on March 04, 2015 at 20:52

Hi, can't see beetroot in your list and although you mentioned you have silverbeet it didn't come up in the suggestions.

Posted by Skud on March 04, 2015 at 22:05

@MarkSanders: try "beet" and "swiss chard". We're about to launch a thing that will search for alternate names, so hang tight :)

@McAuliflower: yes, we always love volunteer crop wranglers! At present we're focusing on crops in Wikipedia, and we do data entry via google spreadsheets. You can join us at to help with this. Soon, we'll be releasing a new feature to let you request crops directly (rather than via this rather clunky discussion thread).

@neotoma: scientific names search is VERY close (a few days away I think). we'll also have a way for you to directly request crops, but as I mentioned above, we're focusing on ones that are in Wikipedia for now, so if any of your suggestions aren't then I'd suggest using a more general crop (eg. "strawberry" for "alpine strawberry") and putting the details in the description.

Posted by maco on March 04, 2015 at 22:36

@Serene: added Genovese basil and other cultivars listed on Wikipedia's "list of basil cultivars" page for which individual articles exist. Fish pepper is not in Wikipedia though.

@cobi: however, Greek basil doesn't have a Wikipedia article :-/

@liedra: we have scallion, another name for spring onions. I'm not sure if you mean snow pea or snap pea, but either way, we've got mangetout.

@neotoma: we have a generic Capsicum annuum. The only pepper in Capsicum annuum that isn't a hot pepper is the bell pepper. There are hot peppers in other species too, though, for instance the Scotch bonnet pepper is Capsicum chinense for which we also have a generic. So, for now, put it in as which species it is.

Posted by maco on March 04, 2015 at 23:18 and edited at March 04, 2015 at 23:18

@neotoma: ok, I added Alpine strawbery and a whole pile of serviceberry varieties, which you can see listed on the Amelanchier page. Also added sweet pepino.

@McAuliflower: Calendula is listed under pot marigold

Posted by ian on March 09, 2015 at 02:11

I just planted 'San Francisco Fog' tomatoes. They're apparently perfect for my area. I don't know that I need every varietal of Tomato listed, but a generic "Tomato" would be useful

Posted by lauravalentine on March 14, 2015 at 18:48

I noticed a lot of the Asian herbs I grow are not listed. Today I needed kinh goi (Vietnamese balm), rau ram (Vietnamese coriander), and culantro/ngo gai. Perilla and shiso are already available, yay.

Posted by maco on March 15, 2015 at 17:33

@ian: tomato does exist

Posted by nodosa on March 18, 2015 at 22:58

I have recently planted Lonicera caerulea, (honeyberry, blue-berried honeysuckle, or sweetberry honeysuckle) but cannot find it in the drop down menu. Could it be added please ?

Also, is there an option for pre-existing plants (we've recently moved and some fruit trees and ribes pre-date our arrival) ?

Posted by maco on March 23, 2015 at 01:46 and edited at March 23, 2015 at 01:46

@nodosa Here you go honeyberry

Regarding pre-existing plants: you can leave the planting date blank. That's how I handled the cherry trees in my front yard.

Posted by evermorian on March 23, 2015 at 21:54

Italian Large Leaf Basil English Thyme Thai Siam Queen Basil Red Burgundy Okra Clemson Spinless Okra

I notice that some things have lots of sub-varieties in the database while other things just have the main category. For instance, there are multiple kinds of basil listed and one kind of okra. Not sure what the intent is. I just added additional info in the "tell us more" section. If you wanted to dramatically expand what's listed, you could have someone go through and enter everything from some of the major seed vendors (e.g., Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Botanical Interests).

Posted by maco on March 31, 2015 at 15:56

@evermorian we've discussed what the limits should be for what's in and what's out here: Right now, the rule is "if it doesn't have its very own Wikipedia page, it's not noteworthy enough to exist in our database." Obviously, this is being too limiting. On the other hand, the seed vendors are country-specific. I think you've listed only US ones. (Seeds generally cannot be shipped internationally due to import/export agricultural, invasive species are bad) And "that variety grandma bred to which nobody else has access" would be taking things really quite broad. We haven't hit upon what would be a good balance point for "widely available variety" yet.

Posted by Jamethiel on April 01, 2015 at 22:38


Posted by maco on April 02, 2015 at 19:08

@Jamethiel: that'd be arugula

Posted by Syzygium on April 02, 2015 at 20:32

Chi-Chien pepper (also known as Chi-Chien chilli)

Posted by maco on April 07, 2015 at 15:58 and edited at April 08, 2015 at 18:00

@Syzygium: it doesn't have a Wikipedia page, so current policy says I can't add it. Use the generic pepper.

Posted by ianturton on April 15, 2015 at 16:21

Chilli please (specifically Nigels Outdoors Green Chilli) but just a plain chilli heading would do

Posted by Theomuur on April 18, 2015 at 02:36 and edited at April 20, 2015 at 01:13

I would like Clover to be on the list.

Posted by jcanilly on May 09, 2015 at 12:38

cilantro and chocolate mint

Posted by maco on May 11, 2015 at 14:06 and edited at May 11, 2015 at 14:07

@Theomuur: clover is edible?

@jcanilly: cilantro is under its other common name, coriander (in some parts of the world, the whole thing is coriander, in others the whole thing is cilantro, and in the US the seeds are coriander but the leaves are cilantro!)° Chocolate mint.... hmmm Wikipedia has a link for it on the disambiguation page, but then it goes to the cultivar list on the Mint page, not to a page of its own. I'm not sure where this falls with our rules

° soon we will be making it so that whether you search for cilantro or coriander, you get to the same place

Posted by Permiewantstolearn on May 13, 2015 at 22:56

Broad Bean But beans in general should have many different entries, one general entry for beans is a bit too vague

Posted by maco on May 14, 2015 at 18:57

@Permiewantstolearn broad bean is also called fava bean. Search will start returning results by alternate names soon.

Posted by tegan on May 17, 2015 at 21:54 and edited at May 17, 2015 at 21:57

I'd like to request the addition of some Andean crops:

Posted by Dragonfly on May 18, 2015 at 14:45 and edited at May 18, 2015 at 14:51

I would like to request:

  • Heirloom Blueberry Tomato
  • Heirloom Pineapple Tomato
  • Heirloom Black Sea Man Tomato
  • Yellow Pear Tomato
  • Yellow Cherry Tomato
Posted by maco on May 18, 2015 at 15:31 and edited at May 18, 2015 at 15:31

@Tegan ok added oca mashua and olluco (there's a lot of names for that last one. at the moment olluco is primary, but soon search and i think crop-linking will work on any of them)

@Dragonfly: those particular varieties are uncommon enough not to have Wikipedia pages, so policy currently says I can't add them.

Posted by dlancellotti on May 21, 2015 at 21:18

I'd like to request trailing nasturtium.

Posted by Ellen on May 27, 2015 at 08:43

Hi, I would like to have "Kolrabi" added, thx

Posted by Nibley_Leaves on May 31, 2015 at 13:11 and edited at May 31, 2015 at 13:13

Hi All

I'd like Oca (Oxalis Tuberosa) added please:

Actually it already exists as New Zealand yam:

Would it be possible to make the alternate names searchable too? I tried "Oxalis Tuberosa" & "Oca" before posting initially..



Posted by maco on June 01, 2015 at 19:44

@Nibley_Leaves: we've already written the code to make alternative names searchable. We're just waiting for a good time (ie, when not many people are online) to roll it out so we don't interrupt too many people who are trying to use the site at the time.

@Ellen: there's an h in kohlrabi

Posted by bokunenjin on June 10, 2015 at 15:48

I'd like to request the addition of gourds as a crop.

Posted by malnpudl on June 11, 2015 at 05:21

If you're doing tomatoes by variety, I'd like to add the ones I've just planted: Sub-Arctic Plenty Sungold (yellow/orange cherry) Red Alert (red cherry)

And if you're doing these by variety, also: lemon cucumber, yellow roma beans, and green roma beans.

Posted by lauravalentine on June 11, 2015 at 22:23



Posted by wrdnrd on June 14, 2015 at 23:06 and edited at June 14, 2015 at 23:07

Request: cinnamon tree

Posted by Theomuur on June 25, 2015 at 15:47

May I request: Jackfruit Locoweed Myrica Alder Tomcat Clover Feltleaf ceanothus Santa Lucia Lupine California Pea Shrub Tagasastes Schwerin's False Indigo Ash tree Immortality Vine Royal poinciana Fern Acacia Greg's Acacia Honey Mesquite Jecon

Posted by wrdnrd on December 04, 2015 at 02:28

Request: yuzu tree

Posted by marywashington on February 11, 2016 at 23:24 and edited at February 11, 2016 at 23:27

A ton of crops have already been listed but if you are still looking for new ideas, this place has a huge selection of heirloom and organic crops that you could browse through. For example, if you wanted to carry multiple varieties of lets say, rutabaga, then they have three different types! Hope this helped a little!