'Sweet Potato' is a plant in the Ipomoea genus with a scientific name of Ipomoea batatas. Sweet Potato is a vegetable annual/perennial, it will last at least a year and up to several years in its native climate. Sweet Potato is known for growing with a vine habit to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (that's 3.90 feet in imperial). This plant tends to be ready for harvesting by late summer. Popular varieties of Sweet Potato include: Beauregard, Marguerite, Blackie, Tricolor, and Black Heart.
Be aware that Sweet Potato typically needs a fair amount of maintenance and care in order to grow successfully. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests. Pay attention to weeding, feed and pruning schedules to ensure your plant remains in peak condition.
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Will not come true from seed – sterile.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Sweet Potato about 20 days after your last frost date .
Under each leaf, there’s a root growing out. Take a cutting, and plant it in soil. That’s it! “As long as there’s a leaf, stem & root, it’ll grow.” by Malaysian Novice Gardener
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Sweet Potato so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Sweet Potato so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Sweet Potato plants:
Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.
Misspellings: Yams, Sweet potatos, Sweet potatoes, Ipomea batatas, cantonese: Fan Shi Yeep or Shi Miu Choy
19 May 2011
Unfortunately I didn’t get to grow this to its full potential because I had to move, but in only 70 days I had big sweet tubers and the starts of plenty more. I’d grow this again in the right climate.
Sweet Potato care instructions
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