How to grow Chinese yam

Chinese yam growing 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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Requirements for 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 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

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone