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dizzy1pig

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Leuchars, Fife
sweet potatoes
« on: January 07, 2012, 04:31:38 pm »
Hi there I have chopped up my sweet potatoes..
stuck me cocktail sticks in them.. to suspend half in half oot water in warm place..
in a couple of weeks i should have some slips to grow them from which i have to root...

Anyone else tried them before?
How long should they take to fruit..

deepinthewoods

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Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 04:57:04 pm »
ive never grown them but ave read they like warmth, maybe a bit early?? :-\

dizzy1pig

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Leuchars, Fife
Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 05:10:35 pm »
in house on top o radiator to get them growing
think be 6-7 weeks before rooted
then in greenhouse for 3-4 to grow to decent size.. end of march..
frame 2 weeks mid april, which last year was our summer!!
 

doganjo

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Clackmannanshire
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Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2012, 05:32:56 pm »
Might give that a go - I love sweet potatoes but they are actually much higher in calories than ordinary ones
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deepinthewoods

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Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 05:47:50 pm »
are these grocer bought, might have to give them a try, i didnt think about rooting time! cheers

dizzy1pig

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Leuchars, Fife
Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2012, 07:10:02 pm »
just out shops

Muc

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • Co Clare, Ireland
Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2012, 01:05:13 pm »
Dizzy, is it necessary to cut them and put them on sticks? Having read your first post, I rushed out and bought some Covington variety. I have them uncut in tubs with water half-way up the tuber. Wouldn't this amount to the same thing?

Has anyone got a link to sound advise in these creatures? I have space in the polytunnel but am not sure about whether to manure/use black plastic/seaweed etc.

Frieslandfilly

  • Joined Apr 2009
Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2012, 02:35:40 pm »
I bought slips last year as I fancied having a harvest of Sweet Potato, the slips go in quite late and they dont harvest till November, not sure if the weather was the main factor but the harvest was disappointing, small fruits quite knobbly and difficult to peel, had a couple of boilings though. Would be very interested to hear how you get on with this idea :)

Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2012, 08:19:14 pm »
Hi Dizzy
I have tried putting 4 sweet potatoes in glasses of water about about a third full, 4 weeks ago, one has rotted but the other 3 have started to root. I have now put them in the greenhouse. Hopefully they will be ok and they might leaf up. I have never done this before. Any tips I bought them from the supermarket.
Sarah          :wave:      hensintheorchard.blogspot.com

Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2012, 12:09:49 am »
I would like to grow them but I've been told that the West Midlands is too far north.  I don't have a polytunnel, only a small greenhouse which will be taken up with tomoatoes so would have to grow outside.  Anyone in this area or further north had any success?

Muc

  • Joined Nov 2008
  • Co Clare, Ireland
Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2012, 12:47:56 pm »
My one surviving shoot was potted up and planted in the polytunnel a couple of weeks ago.
 It's just sitting there deliberately not growing and smirking me.

Lesley Silvester

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: sweet potatoes
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2012, 06:07:10 pm »
 ;D ;D

 

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