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Harvesting Potatoes from Ornamental Sweet Potato Vines

By scflowers
June 25, 2017

Many of us are familiar with rooting cuttings of ornamental sweet potatoes to make more vines, but why let the end of summer be the end of your vines? Use this easy method to harvest sweet potatoes (made by your own ornamental vines) to propagate next season's plants, and save money by turning this annual into a perennial.

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Name: The Bopa-razzi
Salem, CT (Zone 6a)
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TheBoparazzi
Jun 24, 2017 7:21 PM CST
Sweet potato vines are so pretty and I have always wanted one, especially the lime green ones. Knowing it's not going to come back each year makes me hesitate to spend the money...until now. Thank you so much for sharing the information.
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Jun 24, 2017 10:33 PM CST
You are quite welcome.

Also, welcome to the NGA! You will find many great ideas here and very knowledgeable members!

You can probably find some vines soon on a clearance rack at the local big box stores. Happy growing!!
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 24, 2017 10:51 PM CST
@TheBoparazzi Welcome!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jun 25, 2017 8:05 AM CST
So does this work with the edible kind too ?
That would save the fuss and bother of starting slips from the tubers !
Might try this another year.
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Jun 25, 2017 12:27 PM CST
Caroline,
This method will work for regular sweet potatoes as well Smiling

It is suggested that you cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and place them in a bed of moist soil, then cover with a thin layer of soil.
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Sep 6, 2017 9:27 AM CST
Well, that works for you guys up north! Freezing isn't the norm in Houston area, well, neither is dry, chuckl. Our winter varies, 80* all winter or just one 20°F 3day norther... humidity norm is always above 50%. Still, you do have the right of it for storage during winter months- tho I may have to find a place to tend to the other requirements. The lengthwise halving I had forgotten, tho I have found 4 different ornamental tubers used. Thank you for the article!!! Refresher was appreciated!!! I'm all ears!
kitt
Lakewood/Denver, CO (Zone 5a)
Cristelv
Oct 2, 2017 2:11 PM CST
Thanks for the information!!
I have two questions-
1) can I eat the Ornamental Potatoes from Lime green and also purple vines?

2)if I bring the healthy, growing vines inside and repot them will the grow as a house plant?
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Oct 2, 2017 9:21 PM CST
Ornamental sweet taters are edible, tho everyone has a taste preference.
kitt
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Oct 5, 2017 11:12 AM CST
Yes, as stated above, they are edible but not as tasty as the garden varieties.

I have not grown them indoors, but I do believe with adequate lighting they would grow inside.
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
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AnnaZ
Oct 5, 2017 11:19 AM CST
I grub mine out of the planters and just pot them up in "something" small for the winter. Smaller hanging baskets work pretty good. Obviously I cut them way back before doing this. Since I have a large greenhouse I have the room to do this. I remember one year they looked pretty atrocious come May..........I had started moving things out, but just took those baskets and set them outside till I could get to them. Well, well...........we had a couple of nice rains before I got them planted back in the planters and they took off like gangbusters. I overwintered some for 3 years before I let them go. It's fun buying new ones too. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Oct 15, 2017 1:50 PM CST
In the south, with an east facing well lighted kitchen...a slip rooted in water is usually at home with a pothos ivy in a different jar of water on the window sill. We just have to protect from chills..
kitt

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