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Storing yam bulbils
« on: September 22, 2021, 09:25:30 AM »
Thanks to several kind forum members, I have some very happy dioscorias growing and making bulbils that I need to think about over Wintering. How do you folks store them? Thanks, Dan

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Re: Storing yam bulbils
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2021, 10:13:18 PM »
I have seen them stored in the dark on a garage shelf in a single layer. It apparently works ok for a couple months, but eventually they start to sprout and will need to be planted.

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Re: Storing yam bulbils
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2021, 07:03:16 AM »
Thanks. Maybe this will be a mild Winter and it won't matter. After last year's freeze we need a mild Winter....Dan

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Re: Storing yam bulbils
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2021, 09:06:10 PM »
I think the ones I mentioned started sprouting in March.

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Re: Storing yam bulbils
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2021, 11:05:36 AM »
it's all about keeping them in a cool, dry place with airflow. There are a gazillion studies on what inhibits or encourages sprouting (everything from essential oils to keeping them near or far from apples, due to the ethylene). Bottom-line is it seems no one really knows with potatoes, and dioscorea yams, while a close cousin, are even less well understood.

But cool, dry, and with airflow are what helped me keep my dioscorea from sprouting for 6 or so months.

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Re: Storing yam bulbils
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2021, 08:03:27 AM »
Thanks for the info. I only need 3 or 4 months. Some of these bulbils are getting really big. They should have enough energy to store for a relatively long time. Regards, D

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Re: Storing yam bulbils
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2021, 09:25:25 PM »
3-4 months should definitely be doable.

 

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