Plant Care Chinese Yam

Chinese Yam

About Chinese Yam

Chinese Yam is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Chinese Yam likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Chinese Yam belongs to the Dioscorea genus, and is native to Central and South China and Kuril Islands to Taiwan.

⚠️ Chinese Yam is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Dioscorea polystachya
Dioscorea
Dioscoreaceae
Dioscoreales

Also known as

Chinese-potato, chinese-yam and cinnamon-vine

How to care for Chinese Yam

💦 Water

How often to water your Chinese Yam

Water needs for Chinese Yam
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese 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 Chinese Yam

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Chinese Yam in your home

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

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

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

Chinese Yam does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Chinese Yam

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

💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Chinese Yam prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Chinese Yam Water Frequency →

Chinese Yam Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Chinese Yam requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Chinese Yam Light Requirements →

Chinese Yam Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Chinese Yam is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


🪴 Soil

Chinese Yam does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Chinese Yam →

When and How to Successfully Repot Chinese Yam →


💩 Fertilizer

Chinese Yam is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Yam is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Chinese Yam →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Yam can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese Yam Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Chinese Yam

Chinese Yam

Chinese Yam


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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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