sweet potatoes

little_minnie(zone 4a)April 17, 2013

I have been meaning to buy 500 sweet potato plants from New Hope seed but so short on business funds right now. Finally I thought I better order. They didn't have large quantities anymore so I went with Steele. They were like $40 cheaper! So quite the steal (steele :-) I just hope they are as good as Hope's. Seriously. Last year Taterman's were awful and died for no reason. I replanted ASAP with New Hope and they were great so hopefully Steele's won't disappoint.

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Steele has worked well with growers around here. Hopefully you'll have the same results.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 9:03AM
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Strange - I swear I posted to this thread last night. We've used Steele for years and never been disappointed. Nice plants and very healthy. You'll be happy with them.


    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 11:14AM
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little_minnie(zone 4a)

Good. I was surprised how much cheaper they were than New Hope and that worked out well for me! I have spent so much this spring on garden stuff and just on stuff in 'regular life' so to speak. Hub lost 75 pounds on Medifast since 1/3/13 and that has meant Medifast bills, grocery bills (all fresh veggies) and a new wardrobe including suits. Auto repair and house appliance repair etc. Now I will sell the extra 100 sweet potatoes and leeks I got in bulk to local folk on Craig's List. I needed around 375-400 sweet potatoes but they only come in 100 and 500 breaks.
What I hate is that in MN you get your stuff last and that means you get the crap at the end.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 1:13PM
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Congrats on his weight loss.

If you have space and facilities, you might be able to contact the growers and state that you need them earlier in the season. I know it happens with strawberry plants. Of course, you take a bigger risk of freezing during delivery.

Just a thought.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 9:11AM
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Haven't found a decent supplier of slips in Canada (and I'm unable to import from the U.S), so I start them all myself. It's pretty time consuming.
Do you have any tips on growing them in a cool zone? I plant them into black plastic and put row covers and plastic over them. The results are OK but not great. I don't suppose there's much more I can do?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 4:28PM
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little_minnie(zone 4a)

That is what I do too. I guess the only option would be a low or high tunnel. My sandy soil warms quickly so that helps me out with my short (super short this year) season.

When I have my own farm with more space and facilities I will start my own.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 7:34PM
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little_minnie(zone 4a)

So they sent my plants way too early. I am pissed. They came yesterday. I think they wanted to send them before the holiday but I am totally not ready to plant them and didn't want to plant them until the other stuff was done! I am hoping they will look good still on Monday or Tuesday but the weather here is not warm at all!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2013 at 9:51PM
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I don't plant many, but sometimes mine get kept in a "vase" for a month or so. It doesn't seem to hurt them any.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 9:23AM
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You can 'bed' them in also. Basically just planting them tightly together in a bed. Around here, you can bury a heat cable in a sand box, then plant the bunches as bunches. Keep well watered and they will keep for a few weeks.

I've held them without anything, except misting once or twice a week for a couple of weeks.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 12:30PM
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I would not worry too much about waiting until the first of the week - I've been trying to get our in for a week now but no joy. The slips are pretty resilient - they may loose their leaves and get a little nasty looking but will still take off once planted.


    Bookmark   May 25, 2013 at 10:17PM
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dirtdigging101(7 - NC)

there are too many sweet potatoes here in North Carolina so much excess on the commercial level they are being made into vodka.

yup you heard me right vodka made right here in north Carolina, usa

    Bookmark   May 28, 2013 at 8:05PM
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