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ChrisRP
May 30, 2017 11:27 PM CST
I was turning my soil in one of my planters to plant my annuals and found several really weird looking bulb things... They are pinkish purple, lots of small roots, wrinkly, alien looking and I'd like to know what I'm dealing with. I'm in Aurora, CO and didn't take the pics until a day 1/2 after digging them up. I looked all over the web and cannot find a thing. If you have any info, I'd love to hear from you! Thanks! Chris
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Danita
May 31, 2017 12:31 AM CST
Welcome! , Chris!

What did you plant in the pot last year?
Did you plant Ornamental Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas,) by chance?
(Like one of these https://garden.org/search/inde... )

If so, then those are probably the shriveled sweet potato tubers from last year's plants. They are the same species as the sweet potatoes sold for eating. You can actually save the tubers inside overwinter in a place that doesn't freeze and start plants from them the next year. I'm afraid that the tubers in your pics are likely goners, though.

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purpleinopp
May 31, 2017 8:04 AM CST
Your "annuals" from last year were not true annual plants.

What was growing in those pots last year?
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ChrisRP
May 31, 2017 4:12 PM CST
Thank you for responding, no, the planter just had verbena and a couple other wild flowers.
We have a lot of squirrels and they definitely hide their acorns in my planters, but nothing other than that. I've had the barrel for years but just fill it with different annuals, very odd! Thanks! Confused
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purpleinopp
Jun 1, 2017 7:47 AM CST
Are you able to add a pic of the planter from last year showing the plants that were in it? Many plants sold as annuals are perennials that, when sold where not hardy, are just called annuals so the buyer does not expect them to survive. Nothing that produces a tuber is a true annual.
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