Ornamental Yam (Dioscorea discolor)
These beautiful plants are native to Ecuador and Brazil. They produce their spectacular leaves from purple, twining stems. They shoot from tubers which remain underground rather than producing an above-ground caudex like some other members of the Dioscoreaceae family, most notably D. elephantipes. Their flowers a fairly unimpressive but who cares because their leaves are simlpy amazing, resembling heart-shaped stained glass windows.
In cool to temperate climates these beautiful plants will die back completely over winter. Through the warmer months water as you would most indoor plants - when the 2-3cm of soil in the pot dries out. In the cooler months (when the above ground portion of the plant has died back) water very little, only when tohe soil has completely dried out, to avoid the tuber rotting. When you start to see shoots in November/December resume normal watering.
Loves bright direct light and will even handle full sun so a North-westerly aspect is great. Fantastic plants for a partially shaded deck or balcony, just make sure they don't get rained on over winter.
These guys are currently about 30cm tall but will quickly produce stems that are over a meter long. Unless they are kept in tropical conditions they will die back completely over winter but will come back bigger and better each year!
Greeting your Ornamental Yam
These plants are shipped in a 1.5L nursery pot that is wrapped in a calico bag to keep the soil in during transport. They will fit any pot from our Classic Pot Range.
Dioscorea care guide
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Ornamental Yam (Dioscorea discolor)
Caring for your Ornamental Yam (Dioscorea discolor)
Our special eco packaging
No Plant Stress
Our plant packaging is designed by people know how to keep plants fresh and healthy in transit. Your plants will enjoy a comfortable trip directly from our greenhouse to your door in just a few of days. Your plant will not have to deal with the stress of being bare rooted for transport (how most plants are sent) and you won’t have to deal with the mess and fuss of potting up your new plant when you receive it.
The plastic pot will be wrapped in a calico bag to keep the soil in place, it will then be tied into a specially designed cardboard insert which will keep it stable and upright throughout its journey. The insert will be glued in place on top of your cardboard wrapped ceramic pot to hold it down and your plant up!
Your plant will come in its plastic pot which we make sure fits perfectly in whichever ceramic pot you choose. Our packaging has been designed to allow us to send your beautiful ceramic pot along with your plant, fully potted, yep in soil, together in the same box.
The thing that we’re most proud of is that our packaging is fully recyclable and re-useable so you don’t have to feel bad about generating more packaging waste. In fact you should feel awesome because ordering from us, online, will generate way less emissions than if you were to drive to the nursery to buy a plant. The only plastic you get will be the plastic pot that your plant comes in and these can be re-used or recycled.
Please note, due to quarantine restrictions on plants and soil, we are not able to deliver plants to WA, NT and TAS.
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