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Elephant ears and Sweet potato vines

Posted by dave_whitney 5 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 29, 06 at 15:45

I recently read a article in the Chicago Tribune where this person lets her tubers stay in the ground until a hard freeze and then digs them up to store for the winter. Does anyone have any advice cencerning this question? I've always dug them up prior to a a freeze.

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RE: Elephant ears and Sweet potato vines

Dave, I live in zone 5B and our winters are much too cold to overwinter elephant ears and sweet potato vines outside. I always dig mine up, wait a few days for the leaves to die back and then I cut them off and place them in a soilless mix and in a cool but dry place in my basement. It has always worked for me. These are tender bulbs or so they appear to be, I don't think they would overwinter well outside due to the heavy cold temps we get............Wayne

RE: Elephant ears and Hard Freeze

My previous post was directed at overwintering bulbs, I wouldn't want to wait untill a hard freeze hits for fear of loosing my bulbs.............Wayne

RE: Elephant ears and Sweet potato vines

Thanks for your replies. I was planning to bring the bulbs in after a hard frost. I have always just dug the plants up and cut off the tubers, dry them and then store in peat most inside. I also fear that I might lose them if I waited for a frost

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