This is my first year of growing sweet potatoes. I keep reading to grow
them like potatoes. Now, do I hill soil up and around the vine like potatoe
I have never seen them grown and sounds like they are to spread like winter
squash vines! Cannot find the answer to this. Just not picturing it in my
. A sweet potato does not grow like an Irish potato. It grows like a morning
One plants the slips, (small potato vines) after the weather warms up (after
the last possible frost date). If you have anything but sandy soil, pull up a
raised (2 -4 inches above ground level) list or hill. Plants the slips 12-16
inches apart. Bury most of the plant just like a tomato plant. As the plant
grows, broaden and deepen the hill or lists. The "bush" types will send out 3-5
foot runners and the true vines types will go 12 ft or more so allow plenty of
room. Sweet potatoes are tender perenials so they keep growing until killed by
frost. They must be dug before frost kills the vines. Just lift the entire hill
with a spading fork,
I plant mine on a raised row, about 12 inches tall and flat on the top, 4 to
6 inches wide. That way I can lay a soaker hose on top and plant the slips
beside it. You don't have to over water it, just regularly.
Dig them before the first frost. If the plant gets frosted, it will make
the potatoes bitter. If you are going to have a frost too early for you to
dig them first, cut off the plants down to the ground the night before the
Then you have to cure them before storage. This requires laying them out in
a room that has 80 degrees F and 80 to 90 percent humidity for 7 to 10 days.
If you cant provide those conditions, do the best you can, but leave them
for an extra week or two This allows the starch to turn into sugar. Don't
store them anywhere they will be colder than 55 degrees F. This is supposed
to cause them to change back to starch, and this time it cant be reversed.
Have fun and if you need to you can contact me directly.
Stolon of sweet potato will root at the point it contact with soil,
and develop to small sweet potato. If we pull those stolon up to
prevent it rooting, we will get a *very* big(and the only one per
plant) below the main stem.
Year 1979, I get a three foot long sweet potato using this way.
For sweet potato, it's very important that the soil must be crumbly
and contain a lot of potassium. Wood ash do work perfect for me.
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