[permaculture] Planting ground nuts (apios americana)

Bob Waldrop bob at bobwaldrop.net
Mon Nov 9 20:10:36 EST 2015

Thanks for this interesting update.  I will go searching for some 
Stachys affinis seed and give it a try.  I sent a FB message to Eric 
Tonsmeier and he replied that they are now using hog peanut instead of 
the stachys. http://apiosinstitute.org/amphicarpaea-bracteata-hog-peanut.

Most of mine are planted in tubs and that also is because I am on an 
urban lot of 1/7th acre with two buildings (1500 and 750 sq ft), a 
driveway, 240 linear ft of sidewalks (x 5= 1200 sq ft of sidewalks).  So 
I have a bit less than 3K sq ft to work with, but we do a lot with 
that.  I've been gardening in these tubs for several years, and its 
become a pretty rich soil environment. Lots of worms in the tubs.   I 
also had 6 Chinese yam seeds someone gave me and I planted them in two 

I had a message from Eric who said that they were now growing hog peanut 
with the sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokes. this was the first return in a 
google search.  I am not sure if this was instead of the Apios or 
instead of the crosne.


On 11/9/2015 2:07 PM, Jason Gerhardt wrote:
> Thanks for sharing your Apios experiences, Bob! I've tried growing Apios
> americana for years in CO, with no success. Too much UV and too dry, not
> the right rich floodplain soil they seem to prefer too. Eric Toensmeier is
> now growing Apios in tubs/large containers due to their far spreading
> nature. However, he is on a small urban lot. People with more land could
> afford to let them run.
> On Stachys affinis...I've been growing them for years and it is a winner
> for me in Colorado. They grow easily. I let mine flower because the mint
> family is great for pollinators. I still get a good harvest of good sized
> tubers. They are drought hardy too. The only annual maintenance required is
> harvesting. Since they are so productive they will crowd themselves out
> leaving very small roots. The perennial three sisters of j-chokes, crosnes
> (S. affinis), and apios is still somewhat ill-fitted however. Apios is
> better as a harvest once every two years plant, whereas the others need to
> be harvested each year.
> My two cents,
> Jason

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