DESCRIPTION: Also called Mexican Yam and Mexican Turnip. Jicama is a vine up to twenty feet long. In warm winter areas it can be planted outdoors in the spring; otherwise it must be started indoors. Needs 8-9 months to produce the sweet juicy crunchy roots that are the edible part. Needs sun, and rich moist soil. Caution: the seeds and pods of jicama are poisonous! p>
BOTANICAL NAME: Pachyrhizus erosus
DAYS TO MATURITY: 280
SEEDS PER PACKET: 20
SOURCE CODE: C
GERMINATION DAYS: 12-18
WHEN TO PLANT: start indoors-needs long, hot season p>
PLANTING DEPTH: 1"
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Needs warmth, water and not too much nitrogen. Plant outdoors on last frost date in coastal and southern areas. In northern climates soak seed overnight and start indoors 4-8 weeks early. Transplant 6" apart in short-season areas or 12" apart in long-season areas. Best to provide a trellis for the vines which can get 10-15 feet long. For the best roots, pick off flowers. In warm winter areas it can be planted outdoors in the spring; otherwise it must be started indoors. Needs 8-9 months to produce the sweet, juicy, crunchy roots that are the edible part. It may need to be covered in cooler climates. The plants need sun, and rich moist soil.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION: H/Matures 20 if started early inside, otherwise 36/ Spacing 12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Tolerates hot weather