Discorea alata and other yams are grown as a vegetable crop. Most are a tropical vine or climbing plants and require at least sub tropical conditions to grow properly. It is the root or tuber that is eaten as a vegetable
How to Grow Yams
Dioscorea batatis and other diocorea species which are tropical vines. Dioscorea transversa is the Native Yam, known as ‘midiny’ or ‘wanka-parlu’.
Grown widely in South America, Central America and the West Indies, they are also popular in Asia and Africa. Remember that yams require a tropical to sub tropical climate to grow well.
See also: Dioscorea trifida, Dioscorea alata, Dioscorea esculenta, Dioscorea rotundata and Dioscorea cayensis.
Yams are often confused with the ‘sweet potato’ however they are not actually related.
How to grow yams – Basic Steps
- Plant Yams in early summer.
- Choose a humus rich soil which will retain some moisture.
- Find a position in full sun to part shade, with a structure for the plant to climb on.
- Tubers need to planted in a well dug soil, preferably with added compost.
- Tubers should be planted at around 5 cm deep.
- To allow for growth, plant tubers at around .5 metre apart.
- Mulch around plants to help maintain a moist root run.
- Water regularly with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Plants will begin to die back in autumn. This is the time to harvest.
- Dig carefully so as not to damage the tubers.
Remember to keep some tubers for next seasons planting. Store them in a dark, cool and dry position until the next season.
For Dioscorea transversa try:
PO Box 171 Kenilworth Queensland, 4574