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Seedling
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 8:48 am    Post subject: Sweet potato question Reply with quote

Hi All

I am wondering if anyone has experience growing sweet potatoes. I have 2 sweet potatoes I bought in the supermarket suspended in water. I scrubbed them first to remove any anti-sprouting chemical. They have produced thin white roots but no shoots as of yet which I had planned to cut and transplant such as on this website: http://www.allaboutliverpool.com/allaboutallotments_Vegetables_sweetpotatoes.html

Does anyone know what I am doing wrong?

Any advice appreciated
Thanks
Conor
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have experience of growing Sweet potatoes when I lived in St Lucia. They were easy to grow but the temperature was high there (about 30every day). I tried growing them here but no joy. I don't know if they are sprayed witha sprout inhibitor or not but if they are then it will have been absorbed into the flesh from the growing leaves. Try starting them off in the hot press.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks Michael. I have them in a south facing window at the moment but will move them to the hot press. I do intend to plant out any slips when the summer arrives.

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they have sweet potatoes in bnq in tallaght with good strong shoots
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