Sweet Potatoes in SoCal?

elc11(sunset z24 SD CA)June 27, 2010

Has anybody tried growing sweet potatoes in zone 24?

If you've had success with them, did you cut up store-bought sweet potatoes or use slips from a nursery/mail order, or ??

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

California has restrictions on importing sweet potatoes, so it's hard to find places approved to ship here. Farmer's Markets are the best places to find seed stock, because it's locally grown.

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 7:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

California does not allow import of most plant material from east of the Rockies. But, fortunately, we do have at least one source:

MeriClone Labs, 3144 North G Street, Suite 125 P.M.B. #254, Merced, CA 95340, (209) 489-6176 or (209) 658-4713, mericlonelabs@sbcglobal.net (e-mail). MeriClone provides clean, meristemmed and virus-tested plant and seed stock. Varieties (available from mid April through August, 08) include: Beauregard, Diane, O'Henry, Golden Sweet, 8633 and Koto Buki. The Oriental Violet and Purple Okinawa are available from late June through August (08). No minimum order. Web site at http://www.mericlonelabs.com.


    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 9:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Last year was my first time to grow SP. Started my own slips from grocery story tuber. Planted in sunny front yard. Beautiful vines much admired by passers-by. Harvest about 30 tubers from 2 plants. I took cuttings from those vines and have planted about 8 plants in various parts of my yard. The cool spring held them back, but are now growing well. I found them easy and non-demanding. I'm inland San Diego county - warm temps, but yard has much shade.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 12:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenerme(z9/21 inland socal)

OK, I must know more borderbarb! I am in Lake Elsinore. I need to know: Do they need sharp drainage? Will they grow in full hot sun? When did you plant them? How did you root the cuttings? I love sweet potatoes but the ones from the store go bad so fast . . .

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 11:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Gee, my kids drive up the 15 to see inlaws pretty often [I'm in Escondido] I have about 6 rooted cuttings in pots ... think they are OK.

Re: Sharp drainage? My front yard has good drainage. Soil is heavily ammended clay-based. Will they grow in full hot sun? The ones I had success with last year were in the only full sun space in my yard ... gets pertty hot here .. I think you have more heat than we do. One of my garden books says they like sun, but appreciate afternoon shade. One of my garden books says that SP like hot dry weather. I'm testing the 'dry' part this year, as one place I've planted is hard to reach with the hose ... it is not in full sun, though. When did I plant them? I THINK it was in March ... but was too early and rainy cold weather held them back. They are just now starting to get some size. How did I root the cuttings? The first ones last year were rooted in a jar with water. My garden book says to do it in sand. The ones from this year are from the vines from last year's plants. I put them in water on my bedroom desk and they sprouted and got lots of roots. I think they need growing season of 4 months .... when is your first frost?

If you google key words "growing sweet potatoes" you will get lots of hits. hope this helps ....

Here is a link that might be useful: SP Videos

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 1:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

MeriClone Labs is open again after a hiatus. Please visit our website to see our available varieties. Unfortunately we will not be able to ship to California until Spring 2015 after we get phytosanitary certification.


Evan William
MeriClone Labs

Here is a link that might be useful: MeriClone Labs Sweet Potato Plants

    Bookmark   June 15, 2014 at 5:37PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Pride of Madeira PRUNING and question
Hi, Hope you can help. The net and Sunset's Garden...
What's the deal with milkweed
When is a good time to locate seeds or starts for milkweed?...
New House - Need Help!
Hi Everyone, I recently moved into my new home in Orange,...
Phil Arnold
Where in Southern CA can I buy a bag of Dried Calimyrna figs?
My closest stupid town has one supermarket chain and...
Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b
Has anyone tried gooseberries and currants?
I love fruiting plants so much but being in the Bay...
Sponsored Products
Garden Roses Giclee Glow Lamp Shade 13.5x13.5x10 (Spider)
$69.99 | Lamps Plus
Wooster Pendant by Innermost
$382.50 | Lumens
Dualit 46245 4 Slice Lite Traditional Chunky Commercial Toaster-Black - 46245
$139.99 | Hayneedle
IDEAL Security 2-Lamp Blackout and Power Failure White 6 LED Safety Light SK636
$42.74 | Home Depot
Madsen Leather Chair - Brighton Zinc Beige
Joybird Furniture
Home Decorators Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Home Decorators Collection Rugs
Home Depot
Gold Ibis Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Glo-Ball Basic 2 Table Lamp by Flos Lighting
$745.00 | Lumens
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™