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.
Median lifespan25 weeks
First harvest expected25 weeks after planting
Last harvest expected25 weeks after planting
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I've been growing several indigenous plants recently. Theres a [miro](crop) tree that will eventually have berries. I've added [karaka](crop) [tawa](crop), and [hīnau](crop) to the growstuff database too, as these were (and are) food sources for the people living here for centuries. Also [kūmara...Read more
How to grow kūmara
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kūmara is a variety of sweet potato