Tropaeolum Tuberosum also known as Mashua is a species of perennial plant belonging to the Tropaeolaceae family.
Overview of Tropaeolum Tuberosum
• The Mashua is grown in the Andes.
• It is known for its edible tuber.
• It is eaten as a root vegetable.
• It is a major food source there.
• The tuber is peppery in flavor when raw.
• The quality disappears when cooked.
• This plant is commonly called Mashua in Peru and Ecuador.
Other names include:
– Mascho (Peru)
– Anu (in Peru and Bolivia)
– Cubio (in Colombia)
• The plant grows vigorously even in marginal soils.
• It is also well-adapted to high-altitude.
• It has an extraordinary resistance to insect, nematode, and bacterial pests.
• Mashua may be limited by its strong flavor.
• It is an anaphrodisiac.
Scientific classification of Tropaeolum Tuberosum
• Kingdom: Plantae
• (unranked): Angiosperms
• (unranked): Eudicots
• (unranked): Rosids
• Order: Brassicales
• Family: Tropaeolaceae
• Genus: Tropaeolum
• Species: T. tuberosum
Growing/Caring conditions for Tropaeolum Tuberosum
• Select a sunny spot.
• Tropaeolum thrive in spots where at least six hours of the day of sunshine is available.
• Tropaeolum will not produce well with less sunshine.
• Sow the Tropaeolum seeds directly into the ground.
• Tropaeolum don’t grow well as transplants.
• They often die from transplant shock.
• It’s best to sow them directly into the ground.
• Sow them once the chance of frost has passed.
• Keep the TTropaeolum well watered.
• Tropaeolum were originally grown in subtropical regions.
• Water the Tropaeolum frequently, especially in hotter months.
• Don’t let them dry out too much.
• Deadhead the flowers often for more blooms.
• Picking the blooms frequently helps the nasturtium plant produce more blooms throughout its life span.
• Choose flowers and leaves that have no visible signs of infestation.
• They can be used to add to salads and other dishes.
• Aphids are a big problem with Tropaeolum.
• Add a trellis to help support the vining habit of Tropaeolum.
• Keep Tropaeolum away from plants that might be affected by aphids.
• Tropaeolum prefer sandy soil.
• They will grow in any well-drained area.
• Sow the seeds about 1/2 inch deep in moist soil.
• They should be spaced about 2 to 3 inches apart.
• They can grow in full sun or partial shade.
• The seeds will grow 4 months after planting.