[gardeners] Growing jicama from the store?

Bob Kirk (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 18:41:46 -0600 (CST)

>The jicama plant is a very large vine with purple flowers (some would say
>blue flowers but they look purple to me) and big bean pods, it would make an
>attractive ornamental trained over a trellis IMHO.

   The three I've planted with that in mind (a more promising use than
attempting to actually eat them, imho ;-) all rotted within a week or two.
Pretty sure I remember all yours are from seed, right, George?  But it's
occurred to me that those of us without 370-day growing seasons would have
a better chance of seeing flowers if we started with the - ?corm, I guess.

   Any idea what's happening here? My best guess would be they're treated
like some potatoes etc. to retard sprouting, but from the speed with which
apparently healthy starts turn into an impressive hollow in the ground, I
must be doing something else wrong.
   Excellent, well-drained, warm soil, not overwatered, exact same result
two years running. Has anyone else tried this, or heard of it being done?


whose deja vu is bothering him something fierce, apologizes if he's asked
this exact same question in the past but finds no evidence of it & hopes
that was one of the >50% of posts which end up never being sent.....