purple fleshed sweet potatoes

winsorw(8)May 19, 2013

Hello,

Anybody has experienced growing purple fleshed sweet potatoes in the great PNW? If so, what would be the best variety?
Thank you.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardengal48

Have you grown sweet potates here before? They are generally not considered a great choice for this area as it is seldom is warm enough long enough for much tuber production. Hard to maintain that minimum 75F temp consistently anywhere west of the Cascades :-)

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 7:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
larry_gene

PNW is generally not great enough to grow sweet potatoes.

We grew "Purple Majesty" here last year, that is a purple-fleshed regular potato. A bit dry/grainy, good for mashing or baking. A good source for anthocyanins, if that is your goal.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 11:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
winsorw(8)

Great info!!! Thank you both. No, I've never grown sweet potatoes before just regular potatoes.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 5:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
arlenem(z8 WA)

I just dug up my sweet potato plants. They are NOT purple fleshed ones but yellow fleshed and one type had pink skins. This was a sort-of experiment to see what would happen.

They were not started by making slips, but were started from small organic sweet potatoes. One was started in my greenhouse and put in a large planter. This was put outside in a warm, sheltered area with lots of sun. The two others were put into a raised bed.

The one in the pot produced a couple of medium sized tubers and about a dozen thin tubers. If this plant had had a month or so more of hot weather I would have had a nice bunch.

The other two, in the raised bed didn't do even that well. But I realized too late that my beans were going to shade the potato bed way more than I thought it would. So they had less sun and more cooling from wind,

We will try them and see how they are. I think that the thin ones could be used, cut up and sauteed or something like that. Or maybe roasted and used as part of a veggy medley.

I think I will try again next year. They would never feed a large family depending on the garden but for my husband and myself, they might produce enough sweet potatoes to keep us happy. But they definitely need to be started earlier, in the greenhouse, and put out in a sunny, sheltered spot if they are going to do better next year.

a.m.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2014 at 2:49PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
winsorw(8)

Thanks arleanm for the info, sounds encouraging.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2014 at 1:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greenelephant(Woodinville WA)

I bought the most beautiful rich purple sweet potatoes at Safeway recently. But they were very dry and tough. No amount of baking softened or sweetened them. They looked super though.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2015 at 11:35PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

It's a good idea to put hedges or fencing around vegetable plots anyway, as many crops grown like it warm. And it makes a more comfortable environment for the gardener.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2015 at 1:15PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Growing Loquats in the PNW
I am posting this forum as I have not found a thread...
chitti
What is good lilac to grow in North Seattle area?
My mom died last week. She liked smell of lilac flower. My...
briergardener_gw
Crape Myrtles in PNW - trick to get them to bloom?
I have three Crape Myrtles I planted that have been...
wynswrld98
One month early bolssom - Apricot
PNW (8A) Due to warm winter my 5 year old Tomcot Apricot...
Pachhu
OK to plant garlic in February in Portland, OR?
Would it make sense to plant garlic in February in...
LanaRoma
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™