Florida is an ideal location for growing a wide variety of crops due to its warm and humid climate. One such crop that has gained popularity in recent years is the ube, also known as purple yam. Although traditionally grown in the Philippines, the ube has found a new home in Florida’s zone 9b. In our trial and error, we’ve learned that growing ube in Florida is relatively easy with a bit of know-how!
Ube is a highly nutritious root vegetable that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and has been associated with several health benefits, including improved digestion and reduced inflammation. Growing ube in Florida’s zone 9b is relatively easy, as it requires well-draining soil, plenty of sunlight, and regular watering.
The popularity of ube has increased in recent years due to its unique flavor and versatility in the kitchen. It is commonly used in a variety of desserts, including ice cream, cakes, and pies. Ube’s vibrant purple color also makes it an attractive ingredient in food and beverage products. As demand for ube continues to rise, it is becoming increasingly important for farmers and gardeners in Florida to consider growing this crop as a viable option.
Typically, in early spring you’ll want to plant a cutting in a container such as a Grow Bag or a big pot. Just let it sit and do it’s thing all summer long, then in the middle of fall, when its leaves starts to turn brown like it’s dying, you’ll want to flip the bag or pot over, grab your ube and cook it up.
Make sure to save everything else, all of the roots and leaves that look dried up, and keep them all in the pot or grow bag. Then, further fill it up to the top with inexpensive, sandy soil, and your ube will grow again on its own next year! Repeat this process every year, and you’ll always have ube.
Our Edible Landscapes Consultant and Greenhouse Manager, Sam, proudly holding a giant ube harvested from one of our residential gardens.
Indeed, growing ube in Florida’s zone 9b is a great option for farmers and gardeners looking to diversify their crops and meet the growing demand for this highly nutritious and versatile root vegetable. With the right conditions and care, ube can thrive in Florida’s warm and humid climate, providing a delicious and healthy addition to any menu. Happy growing!