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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
  • New growth just emerged and some tubers ready for planting
    New growth just emerged and some tubers ready for planting
  • Young leaves of Oka
    Young leaves of Oka

Yams needs a long growing time to produce the tubers.

Protect from early Autumn (Fall) frosts to give time for tubers to fully develop.

Planting needs are similar to potatoes. Yams can handle more shade than potatoes. Earthing up will help increase production.

The leaves look rather like clover. Dig up after the plant dies down and leave outside for a few days to dry.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Yam/Oka

Scrub and boil or roast with other vegetables.

Your comments and tips

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 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)

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".

- Bill W.

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