sweet potato vine question

juantia(tennessee)October 19, 2008

I bought a green sweet potato vine this summer as an accent plant. I am getting ready for winter so I am cleaning out my pots. While cleaning up this vine I found a "red" potato that is larger than my hand. I donÂt know if I should save it . Will I be able to root it to grow a vine? I didnÂt know were to ask for help. Can a Master Gardener out there help me? Thanks Juantia

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ksfarmer(z5/Ks NC Kansas)

You should be able to start new plants from the root. Just put it in a container and submerge the lower part in water. When you have new starts growing on it with roots started, just break them off and root to start a new plant. Ornamental sweet potatoes can be handled just like the food varietys,but, they usually aren't as good to eat.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 8:15PM
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Thank you so much. I can't belive that I found this "huge" potato. I'll try to root it.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 8:34PM
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merrygardens(z5 MI)

You also can save it at room temperature over the winter and bury it in soil next spring. It should put up several vines that you can then tip and root.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 8:02PM
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Agree with merrygardens-------thats what I did last year with mine---infact, they were in a pot on top of the dryer all winter, and grew better than the ones I bought this past spring.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2008 at 10:16PM
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