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Growing Yam/Oka, also Oca

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Yam/Oka in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant tubers

  • Plant tubers about 5cm (1.5") deep covered with soil. Best planted at soil temperatures between 63°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 - 18 inches apart
  • Harvest in 15-20 weeks. Leave in the ground until foliage has completely died down so tubers reach maximum size.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best in separate bed

Your comments and tips

30 May 14, Travis (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi just wondering when i should plant my yams, i live in lakes entrance victoria, cheers.
16 May 14, Michael Sellings (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi John, I realise the forum i have been looking at was posted during 2012 but I have a client who wishes to grow Yams in melbourne. I have looked at the growing conditions required and now would like to check out possible sources. Thank you Michael
28 Apr 14, shack (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
hi okra do not grow like potatoes they grow above ground (True, but you are posting under OKA/Yam a completely different plant - Liz)
28 Apr 14, shack (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
where would I buy ham seeds from thought it was difficult to grow unless you have means of keeping them warm
28 Mar 14, TRICIA.BAMBU (Australia - temperate climate)
WHERE DO YAMS ORIGINATE?
15 Mar 14, Anne Brignall (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi John we got some Yams from you about 18 months ago, and didn't have much success the first year they were in but we tried again and this year have been rewarded by some fantastic growth from the yams, so cannot wait till it is time to dig them out of the ground. We planted in two different places, to see which grew best, and both this year have taken off. :-)
10 Mar 14, Delia (Australia - temperate climate)
I am wondering if you mean okra. I bought seeds at Bunnings late last year.
09 Mar 14, Jane (USA - Zone 6a climate)
I am thinking to grow small amount of oca this year. Is there anyone can tell me where I can get some seeds or tuber to try? Thank you so much!
13 Mar 14, Bill W. (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Jane: You can buy oca in the USA at www.cultivariable.com. Delia: Okra, the edible pod, is Abelmoschus esculentus. Oca, a tuber, is Oxalis tuberosa. In Australia, you might be more familiar with it under the name "New Zealand Yam".
25 Sep 13, Bill W. (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Information on where to get oca in the US: wettingthebeds.cultivariable.com/2013/06/oca-how-when-and-where-to-buy.html
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