Plant Care American Potatobean

American Potatobean

About American Potatobean

Common Groundnut is a native perennial vine in the legume family. It is found in tidal and non-tidal marshes, wet thickets, stream banks and bottomland forests. It has edible fruits and large edible tubers that provide numerous health benefits. The only place it is cultivated as a food crop is in Japan.


Apios americana

Also known as

American potato-bean, apios, ground-bean, groundnut, potatobean, wild bean, American groundnut and groundbean

How to care for American Potatobean


How often to water your American Potatobean

Water needs for American Potatobean
0.5 cups
every 9

American Potatobean needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for American Potatobean in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Potatobean: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Potatobean love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American Potatobean does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of American Potatobean in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize American Potatobean

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American Potatobean: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American Potatobean after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

American Potatobean is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
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Care Summary for American Potatobean

American Potatobean

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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