All Things Gardening forum: Sweet potatoes

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Name: Sheri Boyd
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Sherib381
Jul 14, 2016 2:41 PM CST
My first time growing sweet potaoes, I used a certain amount of explivitives when I went out to my garden. I have about 15 sweet potatoes planted and I saw where something maybe a critter had been digging around this one plant, the leaves were turning yellow so I decided to see the progress of my potatoes when to my dismay this is what I found. My heart sunk. Was all my effort done in vain?
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Can someone tell me what tha world is happening?
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jul 20, 2016 11:06 AM CST
Looks like oddly shaped potatoes.
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purpleinopp
Jul 23, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Were they potted plants before going into the ground?
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KenshoHomestead
Jul 23, 2016 2:48 PM CST
How do the others look? Maybe the critters were digging for larva (like June bug?) and this one plant was deformed and so targeted by the insects?
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Name: Sheri Boyd
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Sherib381
Jul 23, 2016 3:51 PM CST
Bought them from lowes. I have 5 more that I haven't harvested. I thought that maybe this one plant was planted in a different part of my garden and maybe the soil wasn't loose enough. I'll let y'all know about the others. I harvested this one plant because the leaves were turning yellow, my first time ever planting sweet taters, hoping it's just a mishap for this guy.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 26, 2016 4:31 PM CST
I have seen this before on other sites. The answer was that the plants were root-bound when purchased.
In the future you might try starting with slips rather than plants; you should have better results.
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purpleinopp
Jul 26, 2016 4:33 PM CST
That's what it looks like to me too, and why I'd asked if they were in a pot before being put into the ground.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 26, 2016 4:53 PM CST
Yep, great minds think alike. Thumbs up
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Name: Sheri Boyd
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Sherib381
Jul 26, 2016 5:32 PM CST
greene said:I have seen this before on other sites. The answer was that the plants were root-bound when purchased.
In the future you might try starting with slips rather than plants; you should have better results.


When I think about it, the plant roots were bound. I even told myself imma break up the roots in the other plants. That may explain why why this one plants leaves turned yellow faster than the other 5 I have still in the garden.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 26, 2016 5:41 PM CST
Next time, instead of purchasing plants why not make your own slips for planting? I tried to find a good article but this little video looks easier than the boring ariticles. Start by buying one (or more) organic sweet potatoes and give it a try.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6ih05P1wPw
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Name: Sheri Boyd
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Sherib381
Jul 26, 2016 5:57 PM CST
greene said:Next time, instead of purchasing plants why not make your own slips for planting? I tried to find a good article but this little video looks easier than the boring ariticles. Start by buying one (or more) organic sweet potatoes and give it a try.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6ih05P1wPw
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That's a great video, and with a new harvest of sweet potaoes coming, that's exactly what I'll do. Thank you so much.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 26, 2016 6:39 PM CST
Yep, store bought potatoes (white/sweet/whatever) might be treated with an anti-sprouting chemical so home-grown or organic is the way to grow.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 26, 2016 9:31 PM CST
It's extremely easy to start your own "slips." I have a sweet potato growing on my kitchen counter right now, just because I had a sweet potato that was lying around for a little too long... I keep reading about the potatoes and sweet potatoes being treated with the anti-sprouting chemical, but I've sure never experienced that; my white potatoes sprout like crazy, and I've never had a problem getting a sweet potato to sprout, either.
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Name: Sheri Boyd
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Sherib381
Jul 26, 2016 9:37 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:It's extremely easy to start your own "slips." I have a sweet potato growing on my kitchen counter right now, just because I had a sweet potato that was lying around for a little too long... I keep reading about the potatoes and sweet potatoes being treated with the anti-sprouting chemical, but I've sure never experienced that; my white potatoes sprout like crazy, and I've never had a problem getting a sweet potato to sprout, either.


I did take a sweet potato Moma had that had started spouting in her potato box put it her window in a mason jar .ill go take pics tomorrow. Moma thinks I'm crazy but she talks about that sweet potato all the time.lol. I forgot I put it in a mason jar until I saw this post and called Moma to ask her about it. My brain is slow sometimes..must be the blonde in me. Lol
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purpleinopp
Jul 27, 2016 8:17 AM CST
In 8b, SP's should be hardy. You could put that back in the ground, broken up a bit if desired, to get started early on some super-size spuds for next year. Whenever I dig up ones that I consider too small, I just put them back in the ground. Cuttings should take root in 2-3 days. When frost zaps the foliage, add compost to the area to enrich/improve the soil. The speed of development is a direct result of moisture & fertility, and texture of soil. If the ground is hard, it will be more difficult for a potato to expand. Continuing to add organic matter to the soil surface periodically will, over time, turn sandy or clay dirt to rich, dark, fluffy, fertile soil.
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