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Clusternut Groundnut

4 tubers, CLGR_4 $11.20
10 tubers, CLGR_10 $19.20

Tags: Apios, groundnut, clusternut

This 'short nodded' groundnut is the first of its kind where the tubers are closely packed along the rhizome. The result is a high yielding compact plant that grows well in containers and  shallow raised beds.  The top growth is also a compact vine with dense branching making it more bush like than other groundnut varieties which can have very tall and long vines. 

This is an early ripening groundnut making perfect for northern gardeners.  The tubers are small growing up to 1 inch in size.  The yields make up for it in terms of density of tubers per square foot making it just as heavy bearing as the large tuber varieties.  From Virginia, we grew this variety from seed and selected numerous plants with this unique characteristic, which we think will out yield soybeans per acre in terms of plant protein.

Clusternut will  grow and produce one year tubers in short season areas but tubers can be left in the ground for three years before harvesting if you wish and then use these tubers as your mother plants.  

This is a good groundnut to add to soups and stews and is very easy to harvest as the whole sting comes out whole without digging. 

Plant Specs
Genus & Species Apios americana
Seed Source Michigan, Virginia
Hardiness -25F or more
Height (ft) 5-10 ft.
Width (ft) 5 ft.
Pollination Requirements Not sure if this variety produces seeds (peas) , but probably does under the right conditions.
Soil Does best in more moisture laden high organic soil than dry sandy soils.
Climate Zones 3-9
Ease of Cultivation Easy to grow shallow rooted rhizome type plant that anyone can grow. Highest yields in full sun with irrigation. Likes peat rich high organic soils but will tolerate sand and even clay. Adaptable to soils and climate, this selection does well in the north but does have small tubers. The tubers are easy to harvest growing only one inch below the ground in clusters along a rhizome.

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