Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.



Search
 
 

Display results as :
 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 2014 garden = "C-"
by llama momma Today at 7:56 am

» Hello from Buffalo NY
by camprn Today at 6:31 am

» SFG in Amsterdam Nieuw West
by princezoe Today at 4:43 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 2:41 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 11:28 pm

» something is digging up my plants !
by TCgardening Yesterday at 9:11 pm

» Hello from Anchorage, Alaska
by TCgardening Yesterday at 9:01 pm

» Fall garden planting time
by TCgardening Yesterday at 8:34 pm

» What Else Would I Need
by Windmere Yesterday at 8:14 pm

» New England August 2014
by camprn Yesterday at 7:49 pm

» PNW: August 2014
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 7:10 pm

» Back on
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 6:52 pm

» Premixed Mel's Mix needs something
by camprn Yesterday at 6:37 pm

» Baker Creek seed sale
by GardenGroupie Yesterday at 3:35 pm

» Being Locked out of SFG forum is scarey
by RJARPCGP Yesterday at 1:51 pm

» Mystery Nests
by Windmere Yesterday at 1:07 pm

» Really frustrating gardening summer-2014
by southern gardener Yesterday at 11:52 am

» Show us your kitchen compost container
by lynn5107 Yesterday at 11:21 am

» an abundant harvest
by Marc Iverson Yesterday at 12:18 am

» Help ID this squash, please?
by donnainzone10 Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:49 pm

» Weather Warning - Middle South
by Windmere Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:00 pm

» Roasting tomatoes
by quiltbea Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:40 pm

» Mid-At Aug 2014 - Cooler than normal August?
by sfg4uKim Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:22 pm

» Are you seeing bees?
by plantoid Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:56 pm

» 2014 2,000 Square Foot Garden
by dstack Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:52 pm

» Zuccini Recipes
by plantoid Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:49 pm

» Corn Pollination Problem - Spacing
by plantoid Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:01 pm

» Have Orange milkweed-Asclepias tuberosa
by Judy McConnell Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:54 pm

» replanting onions
by Windmere Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:46 pm

» garden yields
by Marc Iverson Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:16 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Tell me about Sweet Potatoes....

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Tell me about Sweet Potatoes....

Post  ashort on Thu May 05, 2011 4:18 pm

All the sudden I am thinking of planting some sweet potatoes - everyone chime in and tell me what you know...

Can I grow in a tub like other potoatoes?
What is a slip and where do you get them?
What is "bare rootstock"?
Do you slowly bury them as they grow or not?
What kind of yield can be expected?

What else is important to take into consideration?

ashort

Male Posts: 520
Join date: 2011-02-17
Age: 46
Location: Frisco, TX zone 8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tell me about Sweet Potatoes....

Post  Smartchick on Thu May 05, 2011 4:45 pm

Ok, here is what I know.

Yes, you can plant them in a tub but make sure to keep the vines within the confines of the tub. I let mine trail out last year and got a pitiful harvest. Apparently they root along the vine and grow more taters.

You can buy slips at most stores (I've had good luck at both Ace Hardware and Earl May if you have those in your area). This year I'm growing my own from a potato I had from two years ago in the basement. It started growing on its own so I figured, why not? I'm going to put them in the tote this weekend.

I'm not sure what they mean by bare rootstock for sweet potatoes, but I have grown my slips on the potato and then in a pitcher of water once I snapped them off the potato. They won't have been in dirt before planting so I guess they would be bare rootstock??

I haven't every buried mine like regular potatoes but I do bury them rather deep when I plant them (like 1/2 the length of the slip.

The picture in my profile is what I got out of two slips two years ago in two squares. That's even with bunny rabbits keeping the vines "trimmed" my first year. I was still eating potatoes two years later. I have really good instructions on curing them once you get them harvested!

Smartchick

Posts: 105
Join date: 2011-02-18
Location: Omaha, NE, Zone 5

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tell me about Sweet Potatoes....

Post  Furbalsmom on Thu May 05, 2011 5:27 pm

ashort, check out these threads on sweet potatoes. Discusses growing your own slips, how to grow in a SFG and tips on trellising.

SWEET POTATO QUESTIONS

SWEET POTATOES IN A SFG

SWEET POTATOES ON A TRELLIS

Furbalsmom

Female Posts: 3141
Join date: 2010-06-10
Age: 67
Location: Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tell me about Sweet Potatoes....

Post  ashort on Fri May 06, 2011 1:08 pm

So are the sweet potato vines attractive enough to be used as ornamentals in front of my house?

ashort

Male Posts: 520
Join date: 2011-02-17
Age: 46
Location: Frisco, TX zone 8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Tell me about Sweet Potatoes....

Post  Furbalsmom on Fri May 06, 2011 1:37 pm

I think they are very attractive. Several years ago I placed sweet potatoes in a gorgeous container on my patio. It was good looking and as a bonus gave me a few sweet potatoes.(long before I knew about SFG) Many hanging baskets in our area have sweet potato vines as the draping accent. Of course the ornamentals come in lime green, red and darker green too.

Furbalsmom

Female Posts: 3141
Join date: 2010-06-10
Age: 67
Location: Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum