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Growing Yacon, also Sunroot

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • Easy to grow. Plant sprouting root/tuber to a depth of about 4cm and mulch to cover. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 39 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 25 weeks. You can collect a few at a time without digging out the whole plant..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best in separate bed

Your comments and tips

08 Mar 20, MissChievousRN (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Can yacon be grown as a container plant indoors in colder climates? How big of a container?
26 Mar 20, Tim (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I would grow it in a "wicking barrel". Use a plastic 55 gallon drum and cut it in half, now you've got two. See how to make one on YouTube. Yacon needs pretty good light so put the barrel close to a large window or enclosed porch.
26 Mar 20, Tim (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I wish I could find some yacon to grow! Would you tell me where you found yours. I've been wanting to grow ya on for years out here on the farm but haven't found the tubers.
03 Mar 20, Kevin (Australia - temperate climate)
Question - How do I get in touch with Trevor & Lynda of Australind ( Bunbury ) who posted a comment on the 9th June 2019. Regards Kevin Moir
02 Mar 20, Carol (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Hello - this is my first year of growin Yacon which I planted in October, although the 2 plants are quite tall they have not yet flowered. Does this mean that the aren't producng tubers yet , or will the flowers come later ? Look forward to hearing back. Regards Carol
02 Mar 20, Anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Gently feel around in the soil to see if you have any tubes.
09 Jan 20, Greg Bundle (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Can you tell me where to purchase yacon tubers? In nz Thanks Greg
12 Jan 20, Alice Phillips (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You can usually get them on trademe but to get tubers this year you would need a plant that's already underway. I have some available most years if you contact me in August.
10 Jan 20, Anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Try seed selling companies on the net.
19 Nov 19, Angela (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Hi there Im keen to grow some Yacon where would I be able to buy some tubers
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You can usually get them on trademe but to get tubers this year you would need a plant that's already underway. I have some available most years if you contact me in August.

- Alice Phillips

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