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Jun 12, 2020 7:44 AM CST
Name: Tom Carr
Zone 10B - South Florida (Zone 10b)
What are these hairy looking things on the surface of the soil? Are these roots?

I have this is a few containers in my garden and was wondering if this is bad or what.

This barrel has Beauregard Sweet Potato's in it. Any help is much appreciated.
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Jun 12, 2020 10:34 AM CST
Name: Zoƫ
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Tom, Welcome!
Yup, roots. Some thoughts:
1. Your container could be too small, so the roots are crowding to the surface, but you said "barrel", so it might be big enough, just not enough soil in it, or too many plants in it.
2. You might not be watering deeply enough so the roots are coming to the surface where the moisture is. Less frequent, deeper waterings help, but don't let the pot get waterlogged.
3. Regardless of cause, add soil and definitely mulch, something like straw that protects but doesn't hold too much water. Those little feeder roots want some cover.
Sweet potatoes need a lot of room underground. Without seeing the whole pot, hard to tell if you have adequate space. Good luck.
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
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Jun 13, 2020 11:31 AM CST
Name: Tom Carr
Zone 10B - South Florida (Zone 10b)
nmoasis said:Tom, Welcome!
Yup, roots. Some thoughts:
1. Your container could be too small, so the roots are crowding to the surface, but you said "barrel", so it might be big enough, just not enough soil in it, or too many plants in it.
2. You might not be watering deeply enough so the roots are coming to the surface where the moisture is. Less frequent, deeper waterings help, but don't let the pot get waterlogged.
3. Regardless of cause, add soil and definitely mulch, something like straw that protects but doesn't hold too much water. Those little feeder roots want some cover.
Sweet potatoes need a lot of room underground. Without seeing the whole pot, hard to tell if you have adequate space. Good luck.


Thanks, I am sure your advice will help along with my "Lower the PH" plan I will try to whip these guys into shape before its too late.

Still trying to get these seasons down and so far I have been late every time. The summer garden season is my time to catch up!

Thanks again!
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