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Grow Your Own Ornamental Sweet Potatoes

By HollyAnnS
April 4, 2015

Easy to grow, plenty to share. Ornamental Sweet Potatoes (OSP) just take a little fall planning and you will be ready to grow your own come spring.

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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Apr 4, 2015 5:38 AM CST
I didn't know OSP could actually grow potatoes. Thanks for sharing! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Apr 4, 2015 6:19 AM CST
I found out a few years ago having planted them in some window boxes and when I cleaned out the window boxes there were potatoes in the boxes. They are edible and Ric grew a few of the extra plants in the Veggie garden and we ate them. But they really don't produce a lot of potatoes so we only got one meal
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plantladylin
Apr 4, 2015 9:05 AM CST
Wow, great growing Holly! I've never tried eating the tubers of OSP. Did they taste like regular potatoes? I have a Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Tricolor') whose pot got dumped off the deck railing by squirrels last year and now the vine is trailing about in the flower bed. We've been so busy the past 7 to 8 months with getting one house ready to sell and then buying another that our yard and flower beds are mostly weeds. I've also been trying to stay out of the sun as much as possible the past year (due to a skin cancer on my nose) so the yard/garden has really suffered. Ornamental Sweet Potato Vines are so pretty and make great additions to combination pots.
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Apr 4, 2015 11:45 AM CST
I thought they tasted good but different than the type I buy at the store. From what I have found out if you want to reproduce the Tri-color OSP you will need to take cuttings of the plant. For some reason they make potatoes but what will grow from the potato is not a Tri-Color, they do produce a nice looking dark green leaf but not what I was expecting when I first tried them.
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plantladylin
Apr 4, 2015 12:03 PM CST
I was out doing some weeding a little while ago and thought about taking cuttings from the Tricolor but got sidetracked. I found another green OSP growing in a container on the other side of the house. We had a very mild winter here with only one night with a bit of frost so most stuff survived.
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rocklady
Apr 4, 2015 7:37 PM CST
This is a wonderful tip Holly. I love the OSP and by the looks of the ones I saw in Lowe's last week, I should have done my own. I am sure they will have some better ones later, but this is something I definitely want to try.
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GigiPlumeria
Apr 5, 2015 1:08 PM CST
Not sure if this is the same potato of potato that I'm growing but my family eats the potato leaves, they are great side dish. We clean the tender leaves really good, stem them and then mix with tomatoe, Vinegar based salad dressing and shredded green mango. Yum!

I don't know if the OSP leaves are poisonous or not.
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HollyAnnS
Apr 5, 2015 2:39 PM CST
I have never heard of eating potato leaves, interesting.
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GigiPlumeria
Apr 9, 2015 6:04 AM CST
Yes I can't recall where my family got the recipe or if it had been handed down from generation. So I searched the web and found one in the Philippine website that is similar to how we make ours except we don't use ginger.

Caution: just be sure OSP's leaves are not poisonous.

http://panlasangpinoy.com/2011/11/02/sweet-potato-leaves-sal...
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