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Kūmara Ipomoea batatas

How to sow kūmara: tupu/slips from tuber, planted out

Sun requirement for kūmara: Plant in Full Sun

Kūmara has been planted 2 times by Growstuff members.

Before European contact, the Māori people of New Zealand grew several varieties of small, yellow-skin, finger-sized kumara (with names including taputini, taroamahoe, pehu, hutihuti, and rekamaroa) that they had brought with them from east Polynesia. Modern trials have shown that these smaller varieties were capable of producing well, but when American whalers, sealers and trading vessels introduced larger cultivars in the early 19th century, they quickly predominated. Māori traditionally cooked the kūmara in a hāngi earth oven. This is still a common practice when there are large gatherings on marae.

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Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

25 weeks

First harvest expected

25 weeks after planting

Last harvest expected

25 weeks after planting

Photos

Kūmara crops

Kūmara plantings

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IMG_20191209_084621
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IMG_20161204_125549
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Kumara
Kumara
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IMG_20161221_183959
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IMG_20161113_174029
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Kūmara harvests

three giant kumara
three giant kumara
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Kūmara harvest
Kūmara harvest
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Sunniness

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Crop Map

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What people are saying about kūmara

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How to grow kūmara

Grown for: whole plant (1)

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kūmara is a variety of sweet potato

Scientific names

Ipomoea batatas

Alternate names

kumara

Kūmara harvests

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