Very old perennial cabbage

Very old perennial cabbage

Details  Photo shows how wide a three year old cutting grown plant can leap frog while developing new root systems as it spreads.



A perennial cabbage taken as a cutting from a 50+year old plant which according to the woman who had grown it for most of her life, has never flowered, therefore has never produced seed.
Picked leaf at a time year round, winter hardy, needs to be net covered in summer to stop white butterfly.
To grow cuttings, place them on their sides half sticking out, best use a 70% sand / 30% compost mix during the cooler times of year, summer time has shown to be a difficult time of year to grow these cuttings but it can be done.

Due to high demand I've stopped taking cuttings 12/09/2019, so plant numbers can be increased for next winter







Botanical name  Brassica oleracea
Grower name  Richard Watson
Price per packet  $4.00
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Egyptian walking tree onions

Egyptian walking tree onions

Details  These are hardy perennial onions that are very prolific. They do best in a well-drained, moist garden bed. Bulbils are best planted from March till Sep.
Breeding work on the onion is currently being done. The Egyptian Walking tree onion is a F1 clone which is a cross between the Walsh and a standard brown onion. Through bulbil removal and hand pollination 13 seeds were produced in 2015, from those 13 only 5 seedlings germinated, one of those later died. During that summer the four remaining plants grew and divided giving me 23 new base onions. These were then replanted out separately and it is hoped they will produce more seed. The goal is to develop an open pollinate walking onion that is grown from seed and not bulbils
Botanical name  Allium cepa
Contains at least  20-30 bulbils
Grower name  Richard Watson
Price per packet  $4.00
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Central Otago pale yellow gooseberry

Details  Originating from the Central Otago gold fields this gooseberry grows about a metre tall and produces a light yellow colour fruit when ripe. Considered to be the best tasting out of the collection of 5 other varieties from that area.
Cuttings available May to July- contact Richard Watson sentinels@amuri.net
Botanical name  Ribes uva-crispa
Contains at least  5 Stem Cuttings
Date Of Seed Harvest  
Grower name  Richard Watson
Price per packet  $4.00
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Saffron corms

Saffron corms

Details   
Date Of Seed Harvest  
Grower name  Richard Watson
Price per packet  $4.00  per 25 full size bulbs
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True Seed Garlic (TSG)

True Seed Garlic (TSG)

Details  These bulbils have come from seven generations true seed grown, this gives them a huge advantage over clove grown because when clones are replanted seasonally viruses can be transferred down reducing the new plants vigour and size. Growing from seed on the other hand breaks this virus cycle meaning much better quality bulb. Bulbs displayed in the photo are from the same true seed. It takes two growing seasons to reach this size but the wait is worth it.  

Best place to store garlic is in the ground, it doesn't matter. when garlic is sown, garlic will emerge from the ground when garlic wants to emerge. Also the time frame when garlic emerges in one area of NZ may not be the same as other areas. Dry soil can very much slow down bulbil emergence, so water well after sowing.

To date it is unknown if anyone has intentionally managed to grow their own TSG in NZ, though it would be unlikely, there have been two cases of seed grown in NZ in the 1990's but in both cases the growers of the seed had no understanding of just how unique and rare those tiny black seeds that fell out on their storing table were. Only one of these gardeners grew that seed, thus likely to have been the very first TSG sown in NZ. Thankfully this gardener did and has subsequently shared out bulbils widely.

The growing of your own TSG takes about two months longer than if only growing for bulb production. Keeping garlic plants alive two extra months has been the problem as to why its been so difficult for a number of kiwi gardeners to archive there own TSG. The key is controlling allium rust which seems to be getting worse by the year


Bit about TGS- https://www.rasacreekfarm.com/true-garlic-seed
Botanical name  Allium sativum
Contains at least  50
Grower name  Richard Watson
Price per packet  $4.00
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