Growing sweet potatoes vegetable plants can help you to fertilise your school organic garden beds in an inexpensive way.
Sweet Potato plant is a perennial. It comes with large, tuberous roots, and creeping stems.
This potato plant´s Morning-Glory a-like leaves are running freely along the ground. So, you can use them as a ground cover; if you wish.
Sweet potato plant seldom produces flowers in the cold location; so you can only enjoy the edible green leaves; and the aromatic potatoes.
This root crop needs a very long, dry and hot growing season. Therefore; you have to think about how to grow sweet potatoes efficiently; if you are situated at a cold area.
In order to experience the success; it is better to do several experiments to discover the possibilities with a short growing season; before you start planting them.
The Benefits of Planting Sweet Potatoes
If you could not provide a good, warm, south spot for these sweet potatoes plants; you can also grow them in a less warm, but dry, good drainage; sandy soil at the north side of your garden.
If you are situated at a warm location; a good deep soil would drive the roots downward, and the result is long, spindling potatoes.
If you are living in a cold location; container growing may be best suitable for a short warm season. So, the potatoes might be short and compact.
Harvesting sweet potatoes while growing, before the danger of a killing frost touches the vines. Do the same as white potatoes; let the roots lie out to dry in the dark after digging.
Propagation can be done by cuttings, sets or slips.
Growing Sweet Potatoes Project Facts
Sweet Potato Plants Performance
*These 3 plants were grown in the greenhouse since 29 May 2012.
*On 13-7-2012 insect attacked one of the leaf from the tallest plant (above picture 1).
*On 14-7-2012 the leaves are enlarging (picture 2).
*On 18-7-2012 discovered the green pests (picture 3).
*On 3-8-2012 the tallest plant reached the greenhouse roof (picture 4). It was transferred to a rounded plate of organic soil. The plate was moved together with the other 2 plants outdoor to a sunny place on the vary day (picture 5,6 & 7).
*On 1-9-2012 they have plenty of leaves (picture 8).
*On 7-9-2012 came a green sting bug (picture 9).
*On 18-9-2012 plenty of roots under the rounded plate (picture 10).
*More potatoes are in the progress of forming (picture 11 & 12).
*The leaves were spreading out to cover the ground (picture 13).
*On 16-10-2012 more sweet potatoes were formed (picture 14&15).
*Found one long potatoes (picture 16).
Try growing sweet potatoes for table use; and or for the whole year through delicious sweet potato bread, custards, glazed potatoes, jelly, or pies?