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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 8:59 pm    Post subject: Help with sweet potatoes please! Reply with quote

Hi ,i recently bought some sweet potato plants in the local gardening centre. I don't really know much about them and am just wondering does anybody here have any advise as how to grow them or where to grow them? All advise is welcome!Thanks Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi they need lots and lots of light and warmth. over 100 days i read somewhere. they need deep fertile soil and wet lots of wet . putting a plastic bottle down to their roots is a good way to water them. i tried last year and failed but then i did not know any of this info then. best of luck keep us posted.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Help with sweet potatoes please! Reply with quote

Bruckey99 wrote:
Hi ,i recently bought some sweet potato plants in the local gardening centre. I don't really know much about them and am just wondering does anybody here have any advise as how to grow them or where to grow them? All advise is welcome!Thanks Smile


Hi may i ask were did you get the sweet potato plant? Are they called slips or are they potatoes? best of luck with them!
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I grew sweet potatoes in St Lucia but were not very successful. Yes they need lots of sunshine but they also need lots of water. I got the "seed" from a local farmer and planted it straight away about 6 inches deep. it produced a good shoot but hardly any tubers, The farmer told me that I should have planted it deeper and watered it more. The only other potatoes available there were called "irish " potatoes grown in Idaho USA.
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. Yvonnehouli as far as know they are slips does this change anything like planting them deep? and I presume they still need alot of water? Sorry for the probably silly questions, I am a beginner Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2011 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bruckey99 wrote:
Thanks for the replies. Yvonnehouli as far as know they are slips does this change anything like planting them deep? and I presume they still need alot of water? Sorry for the probably silly questions, I am a beginner Smile


hello i was only wondering im a big beginner myself. I am trying the putting the sweet potato in water and letting the slips grow out the top before setting. They are in green house but not growing an awful lot since the temp dropped. Look it up on You Tube its quiet interesting. look up how to grow a sweet potato. Its in a jar.
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 10:06 am    Post subject: Sweet Potatoes Reply with quote

Sweet potatoes were discussed here last year

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about2457.html
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

how come i've gone from Rowan to Silver Birch? I miss my bonny Rowan tree.....
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PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ian.
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PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks yvonnehouli that video on you tube was very interesting. Also the sweet potatoes are coming along nicely, there has been a lot of growth the past few days.
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