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plants in which harvesting also makes new plants

Posted by locust z9 CA (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 14, 06 at 1:28

Here in the part of California where I live, the native Miwok used to harvest Brodiaea bulbs at the right time of the year, using a digging stick. When they did this, it would break up the corms and make more Brodiaea bulbs. When the Europeans arrived and ended the Miwok's land management practices such as harvesting these bulbs, Brodiaea became a very rare plant, when it used to be abundant.

As a permaculture designer, this is a dream scenario. I am still trying to figure out where to find Brodiae bulbs to propogate in my garden, but I'm am also wondering about other plants that can be sown at the same time they are harvested in this manner.

Anybody know of any?

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RE: plants in which harvesting also makes new plants

Lots of bulb-type plants grow corms. The one that I get the most use out of is elephant garlic. The corms take a couple/few years to make a full elephant bulb, but you will get an edible "round" after one year in the ground. I harvest the elephant garlic (not a true garlic) in the summer and replant corms in the fall after an hour soak in water.

Walking onions have bulbils at the top of the stems and propagate like mad.

Hardneck variety garlics grow bulbils that can be replanted as well. Of course I always miss a head or two and the whole garlic sprouts in the bed.

Archaeologists think that wheat varieties that we cultivate may have been selected for by how easily the seed is removed from the plant during transport home (accidentally, not on purpose). Similar effect I suppose.

RE: plants in which harvesting also makes new plants

John Scheepers has several varieties:



Potatoes will often "reseed" themselves when small tubers are left in the ground after harvesting the large ones. Even here in the rainy northwest, they seem to grow without rotting... at least in raised beds.


RE: plants in which harvesting also makes new plants

garlic, tomatoes root almost overnight if you are interested in cloning, all they need is water in a glass most of the time

RE: plants in which harvesting also makes new plants

Jeruserlem artichokes will nearly always regrow from bits of left behind tubers

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