If you’ve purchased yams that have already sprouted, you can still plant them. However, there are some things to keep in mind. First, you should know that it’s not recommended to eat these yams because they’ve been damaged by the sun and will likely be bitter. They’ll also take longer to mature than those that haven’t been exposed to sunlight.
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove any leaves that have already sprouted. Then soak the yam in water for 24 hours before planting it in a warm location with plenty of sunlight and good drainage. Water regularly but don’t overdo it—you don’t want the soil too wet or too dry. In about three months, you should have a healthy yam plant.
The yam is a tuber that grows underground, with its top exposed to the sun. Yams are native to Africa, but they are grown worldwide in warm climates. They come in many varieties, and each variety has its own unique characteristics, taste, and texture. If you have yams that have sprouted, you can still plant them. The first thing you need to do is make sure that the sprouts are healthy and free of disease. If there are any signs of rot or mold on the sprouts, it’s best to discard them and start again with new yams.
Once your sprout-free yam is ready for planting, make sure that the soil is well aerated and has good drainage. Next, add in some compost or manure to help nourish the yam as it grows. After adding your compost/manure mix, dig a hole that’s about twice as deep as the root ball of your yam. Place your yam into this hole and pack down some soil around its base so it sits firmly in place. Then water generously after planting.
“Yams” are the edible root of a vine grown in many parts of the world. They are popular in many parts of Africa and Asia, and they’re also delicious. While various other tubers can be called yams, the yam most familiar to Americans is a moist, sweet tuber with brown or black skin and white flesh. The name “yam” comes from an African word for “to eat.” Yams are easy to grow at home. If you have sprouted yams, you can plant them in your garden or even in large containers.
Dig a hole about 10 inches deep
Before you start, measure the diameter of your yams and then dig a hole about 10 inches deep. You can use a shovel or a garden fork to dig this hole. Then, level the soil and make sure it is straight. If it’s not straight, you will have trouble planting your yams later on in the process!
Fill the hole with 2-3 inches of compost
Now that your yams have sprouted, it’s time to prepare the soil for them. You will need to add 2-3 inches of compost for each yam you’re planting.
Compost can easily be purchased at a nursery or home improvement store, but if you don’t want to spend money on it, there are other options. Compost can be made at home using vegetable scraps and coffee grounds (or both). You can find instructions online for making compost from many different materials including leaves, grass clippings, manure, and even kitchen waste!
Once your plants are planted add another layer of mulch around them in order to keep moisture in the soil during dry periods as well as prevent weeds from growing around the root system of your new potatoes
Place the sprouted yam diagonally in the hole
Once you’ve dug the planting hole, place your yam diagonally in it, with the sprout pointing up. This helps to keep the yam from falling over as well as keeping it moist and aerated, which reduces rotting. Make sure that you plant the yam deep enough to cover its sprout—you don’t want to see any light between soil and tuber once it’s been planted!
Once this step is done, add a layer of mulch around your planting hole and water thoroughly before covering with dirt. You’re all set!
Cover the yam with another 2-3 inches of compost and work the area gently to firm the soil
After you have transplanted the sprouted yam, cover it with 2-3 inches of compost and work the area gently to firm the soil. This will help ensure that your newly planted yam has all of the nutrients needed to grow strong.
Water until the soil is moist
- Water until the soil is moist.
- Watering yams is a bit different than watering other plants. According to the University of Illinois Extension, yams like to be kept moist but not soggy. Soil should be kept evenly moist but not wet as this can lead to rotting. If you notice that your yams are getting too much water, they will begin to develop white spots on their leaves and stems, which indicate root rot or fungus growth due to over-watering. If this happens, pull out any affected roots and discard them before they spread infection throughout your garden plot where other plants may take up residence in their place!
You can plant your sprouted yams in your garden and grow more yams.
You can plant your sprouted yams in your garden, or you can save them for another time. Sprouted yams are a good source of food for both humans and animals, and they make excellent fertilizer for other plants. If you plan to grow them again, let the tubers dry out a bit before storing them in a cool place with good ventilation.
Yams thrive best in warm climates with full sun exposure; however, they will grow well even if planted where there is partial shade or afternoon shade from tall trees nearby (as long as there’s enough light for the yam to get its vitamins). Yams need loose soil that drains well but retains moisture; water regularly but do not overwater because this will cause rot. Space plants 8 feet apart so they have room to grow without crowding each other out—or dig up any weeds that get too close so they won’t compete with your new crop! Finally: fertilize regularly with organic manure made from cow manure mixed into soil every three weeks throughout growing season until harvest time arrives–about 6 months later when temperatures drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit at night–when frost hits.