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Nov 1, 2021 8:05 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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Has anyone had any luck keeping the "tubers" of sweet potato vines and growing them next season? Or am I wasting my time? If they did grow, I guess they would be depriving me of the pleasure of buying new ones in the spring. LOLOL
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Nov 1, 2021 9:07 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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I do it all the time.
I have a table next to a south facing window... tubers live on table all winter... in the spring, they start sending out vines.
I have a choice between breaking the vines off to plant... or just planting the entire tuber... the second choice is easier... and what I usually do.
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Nov 1, 2021 10:13 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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They are not in soil, just "bare" on the table, correct?
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Nov 2, 2021 6:34 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Yes.

The common wisdom is that you "cure" the sweet potatoes in the sun... People say... on the front porch... and this sweetens them, and they store better.

Personally, I just never get around to gathering them up and putting them away.

I eat the large ones as needed, and whatever doesn't get cooked... next year's crop.
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Nov 2, 2021 10:08 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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@AnnaZ, aren't you talking about ornamental sweet potato vines? Or the edible ones?
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Nov 2, 2021 10:17 AM CST
Bryan, TX
I have cured sweet potatoes in dry shade, then next spring build up a low (6") mound of sand, place the potatoes on the sand, then add another 6" of sand and wait. They send up new vines that have many roots from the potato to the surface of the ground. After the new plants get about 6"-10" tall, I pull them up leaving the potato in the ground to make more plants. These sets work beautifully.
Maybe it takes a long time to grow, but remember that if nobody plants it, nobody has it.
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Nov 2, 2021 11:18 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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These are ornamentals, not the "eating" ones. Green Grin!
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Nov 3, 2021 5:33 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Anna, my ornamental sweet potato vine Blackie set many seeds this year, so I'm going to try to grow them from seed next year. Someone on the morning glory forum suggested taking cuttings of the ornamentals and growing them in water over the winter in a sunny window, then planting them in soil next spring. I have too many plants in the house to do that, I just set up a mini greenhouse full of coleus, jade, hens and chicks and mother of thousands cuttings.
I've not seen anyone post about digging out the tubers and storing them, but I do suspect you would treat them in a similar fashion as the ones you would eat.
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Nov 3, 2021 8:35 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Believe it or not, those "ornamental" sweet potatoes are just as edible as the orange ones.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.c...

I had a feeling that you were talking about the 'ornamental' ones, but when the info is the same....

Incidentally, it isn't just the 'tater' that's edible... slice those leaves into strips, cook like collards, tastes like collards.

I stack a pile of those heart-shaped leaves in the palm of my hand and slice across the grain... not across my hand... I pull in my fingers, and slice the section of leaves sticking out... you can use a cutting board if you like, but I'm grossed out by those things....
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Nov 3, 2021 9:16 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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I would rather admire them in my planter than eat them. LOL
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Nov 4, 2021 7:01 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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No reason that you can't do both...

So much of the country seems to think that there's something wrong with growing food... gives edible ornamental veggies a whole new purpose.
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Nov 4, 2021 8:16 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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No doubt. I've eaten several varieties of "ornamental" SP tubers and they have all been delicious, indistinguishable from store-bought potatoes. They are all a single species, I. batatas. Curing in the sun for a couple of days does seem to make a difference in the level of sweetness. Ornamental designation doesn't negate edibility of edible entities, it just means that the visible part of the plant is pretty while growing.
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Nov 4, 2021 10:58 AM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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Well said.
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Nov 4, 2021 11:40 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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I just meant that I don't eat them because I do not like them. Pumpkin either.
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Nov 4, 2021 3:41 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ✌️👍☼🌷⚘ðŸ (Zone 8b)
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That's OK, just pass them to me. : )
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Nov 5, 2021 5:55 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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AnnaZ said:I just meant that I don't eat them because I do not like them. Pumpkin either.

Ok... Glad that you cleared that up...

Down here in the deep south... we do more than put brown sugar on them... If that was the only way to eat them... I wouldn't be too crazy about them either...

They're really good cooked in savory recipes... once you get used to the idea... they're much tastier in my stews than the Irish ones ever were.

I've found that using sweet taters and winter squash instead of Irish taters... really don't miss them... Which is good, considering how difficult they are to grow here...
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Nov 5, 2021 8:39 AM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ✌️👍☼🌷⚘ðŸ (Zone 8b)
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My fav way to eat sweet potatoes is in a mixed veg sauté. They go really well with Brussel sprouts. I am surprised to hear about them in a stew. They fall apart so easily when soft & cooked. I also like them baked, just like a russet potato.
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Nov 5, 2021 11:35 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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I have tried sweet potato fries, they have never been crisp. They're always limp, and I HATE limp fries. Do they ever get crisp like "regular" french fries, or are they just destined to be what I call "soggy"??
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Nov 5, 2021 12:18 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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Yes if they are fried long enough. But sometimes residual steam can cause crispy fried things to go soggy.
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Nov 5, 2021 1:03 PM CST
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I've had some crispy ones myself, but I just don't like the taste. I wish I did, considering the "health benefits," but bleh.

My Mom buys this pre-made mashed sweet potato for Thanksgiving that has pecans and brown sugar. Those are the only mashed sweet potatoes I'll eat. Whistling

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