Oyas are a pretty incredible tool when used with the right plants. And there are a huge variety of plants that are Oya-friendly.

Broadly speaking, Oyas work best with plants that have fibrous root system (adventitious root system) and an above ground canopy.

Beyond that, the more creeping the roots the better they’ll be able to grow to find the Oya.

So, where specifically does that put us? Again, there are tons of plants that are a fit. A small selection of those we’ve seen thrive with Oyas–we call them Oya-friendly plants–are these:

tomatoes, bell peppers, chilli peppers, potatoes (and most of the nightshades), cucumbers, salad greens, kale, herbs, edible flowers, gourds, melons, squashes, beans, peas, corn…

Plants with taproot systems (one primary root) are less likely to work with Oyas due to the root having trouble reaching out to the Oya to get the water it needs. A few popular taproots that should not be grown with your Oya are: carrots, beets, radishes, parsnips… There are some exceptions but it’s generally best to avoid taproots. Sorry.

And to be clear, Oyas aren’t intended to sprout or germinate seeds. They work by watering a plant at the roots, so until those roots are established enough to find the underground water source you need supplemental water. Seeds and transplants need to be surface watered until the root system has developed enough to lean on the Oya for regular (and efficient) watering.

We’re always interested in hearing what’s working for you, and what’s not. Reach out and tell us your tales. And don’t be shy to tell the world too if you’re feeling the love. #OyaGrown will add your posts to the growing list of Oya success stories.