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Sweet Potato 'Blackie'   

Ipomoea batatas

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Blackie is a popular variety of Sweet Potato, which belongs to the Ipomoea genus (Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'). Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Lavender pink. Leaves appear approximately as a   Tyrian purple colour. A type of Ornamental, it mainly grows as a Perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Blackie is known for growing with a vine-like habit to a height of approximately 1.20 metres (that's 3.90 feet in imperial).

As Blackie Sweet Potato is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Blackie have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Blackie

  • Full Sun

Keep in mind when planting that Blackie is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 8 - 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil is loamy, sandy and silty and has a ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 as Sweet Potato is a weakly acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing Blackie from seed

Will not come true from seed – sterile.

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.46 feet (45.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 3.9 inches (10.0 cm).

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Blackie about 20 days after your last frost date.

Transplanting Blackie

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Blackie is a tender plant.

Harvesting Blackie

Other Names for Sweet Potato 'Blackie'

Sweet potato vine