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To give the jicama plant what it needs, choose a location in full sun where there issupport for the growing vine. Start by setting transplants as soon as the weather and soil have warmed.

Space plants 12 inches apart. You will probably get 4 to 5 roots per plant, so use that as a guide to determine how much to plant, based on the size of your family and their appetite for jicama.

Jicama grows best in moist, but well-drained soil. The vigorous grower needs good nutrition, particularly potassium for the edible roots. Apply Blessings Blends OMRI- Listed Premium Compost (.5 – .5 – .4) for best results. Because the above-ground portions of the plant, including leaves, flowers, and seeds, are poisonous, pests do not eat the vine. Little pest control is needed.

You can also grow jicama in a large container if you do not have room in the garden or wish to take advantage of the vine as an ornamental plant.