How to grow Chinese yam

Chinese yam grow and care – vine herbaceous geophyte of the genus Dioscorea also known as Nagaimo, Chinese yam perennial evergreen or annual plant, is edible and also used as ornamental or as medicinal plant, can grow in temperate, subtropical, mediterranean or desert climate and growing in hardiness zone 5+.

Leaves color green lobed heart shape leaves grow in opposite, the leaves size 5-10 cm.

Flower color pink to white, the flowers small and grow in clusters.

Fruit edible color brown looks like little potato, to round shapeless.

Chinese yam roots

Roots edible in white color and peel brown

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How to grow Chinese yam growing and care:

Moist soil, humidity, mulch when it’s young

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, invasive

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:

How to prune:
Need to contain the area that the plant grow because it’s invasive

Size of the plant?
2-3 m, 6-10 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade in desert

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Pink to white flowers, the flowers small and grow in clusters

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, mouse

What can be done with big quantities of Chinese yam fruits?
Cook, still fry

Work requirements on the fruit:
Just collect those little fruits, don’t use force to collect

How long does it take to bear fruit?
Half year

Edible Roots

Information about Chinese yam tuber:
Tuber size 0.3-1 m

When to pull up Chinese yam tuber:

Uses of Chinese yam tuber:
Eaten raw, baked, cooked, fry

Scientific name:

Dioscorea opposita

How to grow Chinese yam

Chinese yam


Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
  • Edible Roots
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Eaten raw
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Evergreen
  • Geophyte
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9