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Growing Yams by Propagation


This project of growing yams began on June 11, 2020. Gee loves yams, and though it is not a favorite of mine I wanted to try growing some for him.

Pieces of yams cut up in preparation for propagation.

I cut the yams into the pieces you see above then coated the cut sides with the ashes. The ashes helps to prevent bugs from eating the yam pieces before they begin growing.

I let the ashes adhere for about 1 hour then I planted them approximately 1 inch from the surface, I watered them and let nature do the rest.


This is ashes I used from the BBQ grill.

Soil in a pot for growing my yams.

The yams are freshly planted and watered, I did not water them heavily as I did not want to wash out the ashes too much and I lightly sprinkled some ashes on top of the soil.

2 tiny fuscia buds that signals my yams are growing.

Two weeks later the purple yams came up, I was overjoyed. The two purple pieces are the buds of purple yams that was among the regular white yams. Those peeked out first and were a bright fuchsia in color. I was ecstatic. They were growing.

Young leaf from yam planted 2 weeks ago growing.

They began growing quite rapidly.


Three weeks later the white yams peeked outย  (they began growing out one week after the purple).


I watch these plants every day like they are my babies.


By one month yams the yams were really growing and I began to relax as more and more were growing out.



The yam plants today, they are growing well, the heat does not seem to deter them in any way and I patiently await to see the final results. It is a beautiful plant.

I will update when I reap, lol.

Stay safe and be blessed!

24 thoughts on “Growing Yams by Propagation

  1. “I watch these plants every day like they are my babies.” ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿค— ๐ŸŒฑ So lovely Pene. So glad to see you post!! Have been thinking about you. ๐Ÿ’›

    1. Thank you Lia, am feeling much better. Still some headache, but working on feeling better.

      1. So very glad to hear that Pene. Just fantastic. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒท

  2. Nice post, Pene. I have been thinking of you, and I hope that you are feeling better. ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒท

    1. Yes, thank you I have been feeling better, working my way to exercising to rebuild my strength.

      1. Praise God ! I prayed for you many times throughout the day, as the Holy Spirit brought you to mind. ๐ŸŒท

        1. I am much obliged and so grateful. God is always.

  3. Thanks for the ashes tip. Can some be sprinkled around after beautiful growth is accomplished to continue to deter bugs? Truly lovely yam plants. You’ve a growing hand!

    1. Yes the ashes can be quite useful. Please post some pics of your garden, ‘I’d love to see what you are growing.

      1. Will do, though I no longer have a garden, thanks to a crooked contractor and insurance adjuster. Coffee can garden!

        1. Sorry to hear that.

  4. Wow! That is great Pene, I did not know you could plant yams like that. I am looking forward to see those yams when you reap them.

    1. Yes me too.

  5. The plants look great!

  6. Pene, I am so sorry you have been sick! I guess Iโ€™ve been out of the loop and didnโ€™t not see your post! Will be praying you get stronger and stronger!

    1. *did not see

    2. Thank you Ms. Renee.

  7. Nice plants! Yams are like sweet potatoes, right? Why is the inside of the yam white when you cut it, and a sweet potato is orange? (Maybe I donโ€™t even know what Iโ€™m talking about๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)

    1. Yes, you are correct. You see you know your stuff ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  8. Yay!. And they look so healthy!. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Glad to know you are better too, from the replies I read so far. Do get well soon, I await your testimony sis. ๐Ÿค—

  9. Another project Iโ€™d love to try! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒŸ

    1. It was fun. Now I’m waiting to see what grows.

  10. Thanks for the tips. Also can we talk about importing those yams. They look so ready for the

    1. Yes and they are so good too.

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