Jicama needs lots of sun because it s a tropical plant. Bottom heat will be required as jicama needs a warm soil to germinate.
Place wooden tomato stakes about 4 inches 10 2 cm deep into the soil next to the jicama vine.
How to grow organic jicama. Stake the vines when they are about 24 inches 61 cm in length. If the soil is rich with organic matter and is light and friable you may only need up to 4 months for smaller roots to mature which are equally as tasty as the larger ones. Quick guide to growing jicama.
Jicama grows quickly so keep soil moist and feed regularly with a continuous release plant food. Jicama prefers a well draining soil that is full of nutrients and rich in organic matter. Having a long growing season of at least four months fertile organic rich soil that is moist and warm and sunlight are the basic requirements for growing jicama in your home garden.
Monitor the area for several days watering only when the soil becomes slightly dry to the touch. Keep soil moist at all times throughout the growing season. It is advised that you just place one seedling per 12 by 12 inch pot or container.
For areas that have at least 5 months frost free start seed 8 to 10 weeks before the last spring frost. How to grow jicama in containers. It can be planted out once hardened off and the threat of frost has long passed.
The pots will need to be kept in a warm place. Improve native soil by mixing in several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter. This way the 3 5 root vegetables will have room to grow.
Jicama grows best in sandy loam soil with good drainage. Space jicama plants 12 inches apart in warm soil that is well drained and full of nutrients. It has a loooooong growing season 150 days so choose a spot where the plants can grow undisturbed for the whole summer.
Jicama vines grow quite tall so they will need support as they grow. Plant jicama in an area with full sun and a sturdy trellis to climb. While not common you can plant jicama from either seeds or seedlings in a container.
Stake the vines of the jicama plant. Mix in several inches of well rotted compost prior to planting to improve native soil. Gently sprinkle water over the planted seeds so the soil is moist.
Use either the top of a hot water system or a bottom heat propagator. Jicama prefers full sun and a fair amount of space. Loosely tie each plant with twine.
Because my soil has lots of clay i grow jicama in raised beds.