WANTED: ornamental sweet potatoe vine question

pennymacdonald(4b)October 15, 2007

I have just pulled all my sweet potatoe vines. ( Blacky & Margarite ) I have a handful of potatoes. Anyone know if you can eat these? I know this isn't the place to ask but I have always gotten great stuff/advise here before. Any advise would be great.

TIA

Penny

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janet_grower

Hi Penny I found this on the net, Janet

This week's Reiman's Pick, the sweet potato vine, is an ornamental that earned its way out of the vegetable garden. Sweet potato vine, Ipomoea batatas, is a true sweet potato complete with tubers, but has bolder, more colorful foliage than its vegetable sibling. Unfortunately, it is either beauty or bounty with ornamental sweet potatoes because the underground tubers are bitter and not considered edible.

You can try if you're brave!!!!

    Bookmark   October 15, 2007 at 12:53PM
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origami_master(5b)

I don't believe they are edible, as they are in the ipomea family like the morning glory

    Bookmark   October 15, 2007 at 3:58PM
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pennymacdonald(4b)

Thank you all for the information. Now can you save them and grow them next year. LOL Just had to ask.
Penny

    Bookmark   October 15, 2007 at 4:27PM
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jimmyjojo

What you can do with those potato tubers is store them in the basement in a pot of dry saw dust or peat moss for the winter. Then plant them back outside in the Spring after frost.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2007 at 11:11AM
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imagooch Z6a SW ON(zone 6a Chatham ON)

My friend forwarded my this information from the Arcamax website/

A freshly harvested sweet potato has a tender skin that bruises easily. Damaged roots will decay in storage. Allow the harvested potatoes to dry for a few hours and then spread them on a tray lined with newspaper, hay or sawdust. Place them in a dry, warm area (about 80-85 degrees for 10-14 days). This will "cure" them and set the skins so they store better. They should be stored in a cool (55-60 degrees) dry place. Sweet potatoes treated this way will store for several months. Remove any roots that show signs of deterioration or decay. Next spring, lay the sweet potatoes on their sides in a hotbed about a month before the nighttime temperatures stay above 60 degrees F. Cover the sweet potato roots with 2 inches of moist sand and keep the hotbed between 75 degrees and 80 degrees F. When the sprout develop, remove them with a twisting tug and pot them up for rooting and growing into new plants. Additional transplants (slips) will form from the bedded sweet potatoes if you leave it in place. The vine segments can also be rooted if you wish to make more plants than the above method provides.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2007 at 9:30AM
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