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Hello all.
My name is Byron and i am the nursery manager at the Permaculture Research Institute in The Channon, Nth NSW.
Wanting to say hello and put the word out looking for anyone with EDIBLE AERIAL YAMS or any EDIBLE YAM species at all. I am endevouring to expand our Perennial Staple food collection and would love any help in this department.

We have various specimens of all sorts of things and would be happy to do trade offs.

Contact me aswel at byron.joel@gmail.com

Thankyou.
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byron
The Channon, NSW
21st March 2012 9:33am
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Diana says...
Hi Byron,

Are you looking for commercial suppliers of interesting yams, or just swaps with home growers? I have an infestation of wing yams / African yams (and a few other things). I know where to buy aerial potato.

Jerry Coleby-Wiliams has discussed these a few times e.g. http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s2607567.htm

Diana
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Speedy says...
Hi Byron,
there are(or there were back in the 90's) some aerial yams (D.bulbifera)growing wild along the side of the road the other side of Dunoon (if I remember corectly).
aerial yams can go a bit feral and really aren't much good as a food imo.

better to go with D.alata varieties.
there are a few different ones available in Aust.
I've grown them up to around 10-15kg in a season.

plant them in a sunny spot, but where the vines can run up some tall trees, with the aid of a few untrimmed (brances left on) bamboo culms.
prepare soil with lots (i mean wheelbarrows full) of leaflitter that can break down over the growing season.

other good starchy perennial crops are cassava, cocoyam (Xanthosoma spp.) taro, sweet potato.
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22nd March 2012 2:00am
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coastie says...
Hi, while we are on this subject...I have an aerial potato plant[tuber] which last year produced not much, then it died down and now it is up again to about 60cm, can I take cuttings to get new plants or do I have to wait for a fruit?
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22nd March 2012 10:40am
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Byron says...
thanks all... we have all sorts of perennial staples here and am focussing mainly on yams and in particular aerial and winged yams...

Diana id love to swap/buy some of you if that can be arranged?
SPeedy, yep, D. alata. would love to find some...
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byron
The Channon, NSW
23rd March 2012 9:34am
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Diana says...
Green Harvest has aerial potato on their list of plants not to put in the garden because they will take over-
http://www.greenharvest.com.au/seeds/info_sheet/garden_thugs.html

I have looked into it and it seems that tubers are allowed to be sent between Qld and NSW, so I can send you some wing yams. Where should I send them?

Diana
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byron says...
Diana im not sure if my last msg worked so...

please send to...
care of Byron Joel at
Permaculture Research Institute of Australia
1158 Pinchin Road
The Channon, NSW 2480
Australia

thanks so much.
feel free to send anything else interesting(within reason!) and be sure to ask if we can assist you in any way.
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3rd April 2012 7:13pm
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Diana says...
Hi Byron,

Thanks, no worries, will do. It will have to be about the 17th of April.

Diana.
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Helen says...
Hi Diana,
I'm wanting to grow winged yams after Jerry Colby Williams talked about them. Are you still able to supply some or do you know where I can get them? I love your edible fruit trees. I'm just starting out but want a garden like yours!
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