Sunday, April 21, 2019

Vegetative Propagation

There are vegetables that I grow via vegetative propagation. With vegetative propagation, one does not use seeds. Instead, one uses a piece from the mother plant. 

Potatoes are the foremost item grown this way. Growing potatoes from seed is generally a crap shoot. But when you use a tuber, the resulting plant is like the mother plant. I grow a number of potato varieties. My favorites are La Ratte, Purple Majesty, Red Thumb, Elba, Dark Red Norland, Carola, and a pink fingerling from Peru that I don't know the name of. There are others, but this year this is what is going into the garden. 

Other veggies propagated vegetatively include....
... Chaya
... Sweet Potato
... Taro
... Okinawan Spinach 
... Cholesterol Spinach 
... Turmeric
... Ginger
... Yacon

I've also done vegetative propagation on leeks, onions, chives, Holy Basil, rosemary, stick oregano, kale, collards, a cauliflower called Violet Queen, and tomatoes. Of these, I still do tomatoes and stick oregano. 

Pineapples, strawberries, sugar cane, and bananas are also reproduced by this method, 

I could try others but I haven't experimented beyond these yet. Just give me time! 


  1. I have a hell of a time getting my spinach started over here; can you just start cuttings in water?

    1. I've never tried making cuttings of spinach. It's worth a try and would be a neat experiment.

  2. Just seen your entry about "Mom's Famous Slop n Glop cook pot" and followed the trail. I look forward to reading this blog :)

    1. I've been doing the blog for several years now, so I'd say you'll have plenty of reading time. Enjoy!

    2. Now I know why movies seldom resemble the books they portray, because they could never fit it all in.

      Incidentally, the next time you encounter a disenchanted haole you might tell them that when Capt Cook visited the islands he discovered that the natives already knew about iron (see "theft of a kitchen cleaver") but hadn't seen any in a good long while; coincidentally Hawaii is the eastern most natural habitat of the blue lotus which had high value with the ancient Egyptians. Logically therefor, there was trade and the native islanders could be just as much a descendant of a colonist as anyone.

    3. Burl, you're not the only one who notes that Hawaiians had European contact be Cook. There are thoughts of a Spanish shipwreck before Cook arrived. And of course, the Polynesians & Hawaiians were master ocean navigators themselves. Who knows what future discoveries will show about their ocean journeys.