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Porcupine Potato

Kedrostis nana var. nana

Dwarf Kedrostis (Eng.) Ystervarkpatat, Dawidjieswortel (Afr.)

The Porcupine potato has a woody basal stem structure (caudex) from which new vine-like growth arises, with angled stems that are strong smelling. It is grown for the unusual caudex, often as potted indoor plants.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest the seeds when the fruit is mature and over ripe.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in early summer. Cover with a sowing medium not deeper than 4-5 cm. Use sandy loam with very well-rotted compost. Plant in a sunny location.

Special features

Pot plant
Can be grown in containers, using free draining potting mix.
Indoor plant
Provide a lot of bright light, can take some direct sun. It is possible to place the pots outdoors in summer and move indoors in colder climates for winter.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Eastern and Western Cape

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Curcurbitaceae
Flower colour
Pale yellow
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally problem free

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