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Okinawan Sweet Potatoes

Post  Andreaaa on 3/30/2012, 2:38 pm

Does anyone know where I could buy some of these? I went to a local asian market but they didn't have them and I would love to grow some!
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 4/18/2012, 12:41 am

Check the Farmers Market at the Great Park in Irvine on Saturdays. We bought some from a grower there two weeks back. A couple people had them.



Hmm, check the Farmer's Market out by you, the grower was from San Bernardino area.

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Post  pomaikai on 4/18/2012, 4:14 am

Hopefully you have a good container or planting location for those Okinawan sweets - they will invade the garden for years, no matter how well you thought you had dug up the sprouts.

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 4/18/2012, 11:42 am

Yea, potatoes and sweet potatoes only go in a container on the patio. No ground contact. :-)

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Post  Andreaaa on 5/15/2012, 10:21 pm

Thanks for the responses. I still have not seen these potatoes at any of the farmers markets around here..Sad I also did not know about having to plant then in containers either, thanks for letting me know.
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Post  Chopper on 5/15/2012, 11:22 pm

I would disagree about sweet potatoes in containers. With the MM they come out pretty easily. And so do volunteers. Especially if it is a TT, of course.

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Post  littlejo on 5/15/2012, 11:35 pm

Are these Okinawa sw. potatoes different than the sw. potatoes that we have in the states? I must have missed something. Why should potatoes and sw. potatoes only go in pots, not in a bed?
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Post  Lindacol on 5/16/2012, 12:19 am

@Andreaaa wrote:Does anyone know where I could buy some of these? I went to a local asian market but they didn't have them and I would love to grow some!

I saw them t this small farmers market in Redlands a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.localharvest.org/the-farmers-market-at-the-grove-school-M40397
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Post  No_Such_Reality on 5/18/2012, 11:57 pm

You can plant them in the ground or in a raised bed. Containers just make the harvest easier and prevents having to deal with a runaway return plant.

Anyone know how big the slips need to be before you pop them off and attempt to start them in the soil?

Mine are about 4 inches tall, pretty spindly and a few true leaves. I'm thinking of moving the host root outside in the full sun to get them really going will that work?

As for Oki's being different, they're a purple sweet potato version.

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Post  littlejo on 5/19/2012, 12:44 am

I realize I'm in a region not my own, but I'm interested!

I've read to put the potatoes in damp peat moss to send up their slips. Sw. potatoes love acid soil, just be sure it is warm enough outside, they don't tolerate any cold weather. My slips have really started growing since I put in the peat moss. They will root in this while on the potato. Break off the tater when they make roots, maybe 4 in. and up.

The slips I ordered won't arrive til end of May. Okinawan was not listed as available.

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Post  walshevak on 5/19/2012, 7:20 am

I'm interested as well as my DIL is Philippina and wants some Asian sweet potatos. We got some from the local Asian market but they rotted because she didn't know how to get them started and waited too late. Next year we will try again. FYI. they were not the purple ones.

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Post  littlejo on 5/19/2012, 9:12 am

Here is a site that gives some pretty good info on growing sw. potatoes. Jo



http://www.sandhillpreservation.com/pages/sweetpotato_catalog.html
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Post  Daniel9999 on 5/19/2012, 9:19 am

@walshevak wrote:I'm interested as well as my DIL is Philippina and wants some Asian sweet potatos. We got some from the local Asian market but they rotted because she didn't know how to get them started and waited too late. Next year we will try again. FYI. they were not the purple ones.

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You might wanna get your hands on locally raised seed sweet potatoes.

The North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission has a list available on their website of growers of Sweet Potato Seed....I saw one of them that is offering Purple Okinawan.

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They might be able to ship you some ......
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Post  walshevak on 5/19/2012, 9:50 am

Sweet Potato festival in town this weekend. Crowned Miss Sweet Potato.

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Re: Okinawan Sweet Potatoes

Post  No_Such_Reality on 6/5/2012, 7:38 pm

Transplanted about 4 into a long thin planter box. Still have plenty of oversized slips left. They went from 4-5 inches to this in seemingly a week.



And a week later, the long ones are about 18 inches.


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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 6/5/2012, 9:16 pm

littlejo, Yep, Okinawan sweet potatoes can by very different from what is expected. I bought some at my favorite Japanese market in Portland (Uwajimaya); lovely plump dark cream-colored skins--scrubbed, and cooked in minimum of water--placed in dish on table--sliced into them and found the interior--gasp--purple! Made me wonder what would be reaction this coming Halloween if I said I'd bring a sweet potato pie...made from the Okinawan purple sweets. Would be worth it to see look on family's faces, and see who would actually try it. Smile

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