Plant Care Bitter Yam

Bitter Yam

Also known as

Air Potato, Air Potato, Air yam, Aerial yam, Bitter yam, Cheeky yam, Potato yam, Parsnip yam and Up-yam


Dioscorea bulbifera

How to care for Bitter Yam


How often to water your Bitter Yam

Water needs for Bitter Yam
0.5 cups
every 9

Bitter Yam 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.

Calculate water needs of Bitter Yam

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

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 Air Potato in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bitter Yam: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bitter Yam love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Bitter Yam does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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


How to fertilize Bitter Yam

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bitter Yam: 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 Bitter Yam after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Bitter Yam

Bitter Yam

Bitter Yam

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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