'Yakon' is a plant in the Polymnia genus with a scientific name of Smallanthus sonchifolius. Mature bloom diameter is on average approximately 2.0 cm (0.78 inches). Yakon grows as an annual/perennial and is a flowering edible vegetable. Being an annual / perennial plant, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years. Try planting Yakon if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.
Yakon is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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Will benefit from staking in windy areas.Keep in mind when planting that Yakon is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
Yacon is generally grown from propagative tubers rather than seed. Seed can be started using the same method that you would for sunflower.
In mild climates, propagules can be left in the ground over the winter. Otherwise, they can be stored indoors in a cool, dry spot and planted out in spring once risk of frost has passed.
Plants will generally continue to grow until killed by frost, so harvest is best delayed as long as possible. Two types of tubers are produced: smaller, irregular shaped propagules that can be used to start new plants and large cylindrical storage tubers that are eaten.
Two varieties are required to produce seed. Seed matures slowly and a long season may be required to save seed successfully.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Yakon so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Yakon so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Yakon plants:
Yacon quickly outgrows small animals, but remains vulnerable to large herbivores like geese and deer. Considerations are the same as for sunflowers.
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Polymnia sonchifolia Poeppig & Endl.