We love eating fresh jicama, and ordered some seeds online. For about $4 we got 10 seeds, so it was a major splurge and I want them to grow and produce.
Now, I was surprised when the seeds arrived that they were marked "poisonous, use gloves". I planted them carefully and now am doing research.
What I've found so far explains that the leaves, seed pods, and seeds contain a natural insecticide that is good for the plant but poisonous to people -- and I'm guessing animals too. I have more reading and searching I need to do to ensure I'm clear on this before I pick the spot in the yard or greenhouse where I feel these will be safe to grow.
I would really like some advice from those of you who have grown jicama on:
- how to constrain it (maybe using a trellis and curling it about),
- how to avoid issues with pods dropped in the soil (they can't be composted, so I assume they should be gathered and put in the trash),
- and how to get the best roots. I'm also wondering if parts of the plant can be put back into the ground -- like with grapevines -- to "entice" more tubers to grow for eating.
Any help is appreciated.