[permaculture] Planting ground nuts (apios americana)

dwoodard at becon.org dwoodard at becon.org
Fri Nov 13 04:05:58 EST 2015

 Bob, my squirrel information is a little uncertain. One tuber in a 
 flower plot at the park edge was dug up by a squirrel in the fall. 
 Several attempted plantings in the woods where there are a lot of 
 squirrels have failed. A few plantings near the park boundary and houses 
 (fewer squirrels, maybe more walnut trees) have succeeded brilliantly. A 
 wildlife biologist friend tells me that A. americana is dug up and eaten 
 by deer in some places. We do have deer that visit but they avoid the 
 park edges near the houses.

 Doug Woodard
 St. Catharines, Ontario

 On Mon, 9 Nov 2015 19:12:20 -0600, Bob Waldrop <bob at bobwaldrop.net> 
> Many sources say they are found along streams and creeks.  Many of
> our tubs are "behind the fence" and sheltered from the fierce 
> Oklahoma
> sun although everything back there gets 6-7 hours of sun light daily
> during the growing season.  Do the squirrels dig them up?
> On 11/7/2015 7:16 AM, dwoodard at becon.org wrote:
>> Robert, from experience and reports of other, Apios americana likes 
>> soil with plenty of organic matter that does not dry out. We have some 
>> in a naturalized park here that are climbing cup plants (Silphium 
>> perfoliatum) in full sun in a meadow, and one on Amelanchier laevis 
>> (smooth/Allegheny serviceberry) by the north edge of a grove. One in a 
>> house lot ran all over the place under the lawn and sprouted in 
>> several surprising places. Squirrels seem to be fond of them.
>> Doug Woodard
>> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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