Growing true Yam in Winter

Ever wondered if you could grow real, tropical true yams in the cool climate of the UK? Well, wonder no more! In this blog, we’ll take a peek at my incredible journey of true yam cultivating. Not just growing, but thriving and regrowing in the UK. We’ll see how we not only harvest delicious yams but also successfully coaxe new life from the remaining cuttings. So, grab your gardening gloves and get ready to be inspired, because even in cooler climates, there’s always room for a little yam magic!

Regrowing True Yam from Cuttings: My UK Experiment

Remember that fantastic yam I harvested last year? Well, in this blog post, I’m here to share the magic of regrowing yams from cuttings, proving that even in the cool climate of the UK, you can enjoy homegrown yams year after year!

The star of the show is a “renta yam,” harvested last season. Instead of throwing away the remaining portion after enjoying the top part, I simply replanted the “head” without any fuss. And guess what? This seemingly simple act resulted in new growth, proving that yams are more resilient than we might think.

This isn’t just any root vegetable, mind you. I want to emphasize that this is a “proper true yam,” distinct from sweet potatoes. To jog your memory and showcase the deliciousness of the original harvest, I’ve included the yam I grew and harvested last year below.

Join me as we delve deeper into this fascinating process. I’ll be exploring the steps involved in regrowing yams from cuttings and the potential for cultivating these tropical delights in your own UK garden.

Prepping the True Yam for Regrowth

Now, let’s get this yam ready for its next life! First things first, I’ll need to slice off the top portion, the yummy part I’m saving for dinner tonight. As you can see in the video, I’m aiming for a clean cut just below the thicker part of the yam.

The remaining piece, the star of our regrowing show, needs some “tidying up” before it gets planted again. I’ll let it dry out a bit to prevent any rot. Then, I’ll carefully remove some of the excess roots. Don’t worry, the yam doesn’t necessarily need all those for regrowth! Think of it as giving the new growth a clear path to flourish.

Here’s a cool tidbit: see that small, indented area on the yam? That’s where the “old seed” used to be. This is the part that sprouted the vine you saw earlier. Now, I’ll be replanting the top part, hoping it will follow in the “old seed’s” footsteps and sprout a new vine of its own.

Stay tuned as we explore the next steps in this exciting experiment – planting and caring for the regrown yam piece!

Additional Yams and Upcoming Season:

While this particular yam is getting prepped for regrowth, I do want to mention that I have other yam varieties waiting in the wings! One is a giant white yam, and let me tell you, it’s massive! I’m actually a bit unsure if its current container will be big enough when spring arrives and it’s time to transplant it to a new home.

But that’s a story for another day! Right now, the focus is on this brave little yam and its journey to regrow. With spring just around the corner, I’m excited to see what the future holds for all my yams, both new and old.

Encouragement and Conclusion:

As you’ve seen, even in the cool climate of the UK, growing yams is not just possible, it’s thriving! Don’t let the cold winter months discourage you. With a little preparation and a touch of experimentation, you might be surprised by what you can achieve in your own garden.

In my case, using a grow tent with minimal intervention, I’ve not only harvested delicious yams, but I’m also on the path to regrowing them from cuttings. You can even see in the video how the original yam vine grew extensively within the tent!

This is just a glimpse into the world of yam cultivation, and I encourage you to experiment and try growing things yourself. You never know what hidden gems your garden might hold.

And don’t forget to check out the lush, regrown yam leaves as a testament to the success of this project! If you’re curious to learn more, be sure to like, share, and subscribe for future updates on my yam-tastic journey!

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