[Market-farming] Jicima

Pat Meadows pat at meadows.pair.com
Mon Oct 25 08:12:10 EDT 2004

On Sun, 24 Oct 2004 19:50:51 -0500, you wrote:

>Regards to the list:
>I asked our subscribers for requests for things to grow next year.  One
>lady asked for jicima.  Is this the correct spelling?  Does anyone know
>if it will grow in mid zone 5?  Anyone care to comment?

The correct spelling is 'jicama'.  Maybe you could grow it,
if you start it indoors and transplant it out after danger
of frost:


Jicama does best in a warm climate with moderate rainfall
and is sensitive to frost. When planted from seeds, about
5-9 months of warm weather are required before large roots
are produced. However, mature roots may be produced after
just 3 months if started from whole small roots. Removing
the flowers seems to enhance yields.



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