My container grown Potato Dandelions, Krigia dandelion, yielded a record crop of tubers this year. The half pound of tubers contained in this cereal bowl all came from a pot with an eight inch inside diameter. My calculations estimated six tubers produced for every square inch of soil surface.
Into the eight inch pot, I planted five large tubers and four small. This equals what I put into the pot last August, and that multiplied into nearly 300 in the course of a single growing season. I hope these do as well.
I’ve dedicated a couple more containers to Potato Dandelion production. This pot has a 23 inch inside diameter, giving it eight times the growing room of the smaller pot. That means it has the potential of producing nearly four pounds of tubers. I would find that truly remarkable.
As I did last year, I planted the extra tubers into suitable locations in the woods. Since I had more tubers to work with than I had anticipated, I planted about half of the tubers in areas away from the planned ridge top. I moved down the hill and began planting at the edge of the tree line just above the barrens openings. I made scattered plantings from there on up to the ridge top.
I chose planting sites that had friable soil, had little competing plant growth, were away from major animal pathways, and had a high probability of receiving plenty of early spring sunlight.
Once a site was selected, I cleared away the surface litter in a 10-12 inch long swath across the slope.
I then used the pointed end of an old two prong weeding hoe to dig twin grooves about 2 inches deep. Into the grooves I planted 16 to 20 tubers. For those who might misconstrue the condition of the tool as a sign of neglect on my part, be advised that I found the hoe half buried in the yard about a year after we moved here. A thick layer of concrete on the head and lower portion of the handle suggested that the tool had been used for mixing concrete prior to its disposal. The tool is in much better shape now than it was the day I found it.
Next, I returned the removed soil and firmed it into place.
Finally, I replaced the original surface litter. You can’t even tell that anything had been done here.
In the vicinity of the plants that performed so well after last year’s tuber planting, I planted three small blocks of tubers. These blocks were located near easily identifiable features that will make it easy for me to monitor their progress. Hopefully, next spring will begin with Potato Dandelion flowers scattered through the woods.