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Name: Linda
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Freedombelle
Oct 9, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Sorry, do not know the name, the tag is somewhere under this ground cover that really spread, anyway I gave it a good "haircut" the other day because it was getting too tall, I took a snip and put in some water in the house, still alive, do you suppose it will grow roots? Picture upcoming, did not download to my pc, going to do it again for next post.
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Freedombelle
Oct 9, 2017 1:33 PM CST
OK, here are the pictures
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plantmanager
Oct 9, 2017 1:46 PM CST
I may be wrong, but it looks like ornamental sweet potato. They will root and grow well in water. It comes in at least 3 colors. See if this looks like it:
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Name: Linda
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Freedombelle
Oct 9, 2017 2:10 PM CST
Yes! Sweet Potato Vine, I looked at the pics plus the name jogged my memory, it is what I recall it said on the tag now, thank you.
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DaisyI
Oct 9, 2017 3:43 PM CST
Now I'm really confused. Confused How long have you been growing this as a ground cover? Sweet Potato Vine should be dead at the first mention of frost. Take cuttings.
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Name: greene
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greene
Oct 9, 2017 4:09 PM CST
I may be talking off the top of my head but at the local swap on Saturday my friend gave me one of these ornamental sweet potatoes. When I asked about care he said this, " This plant was grown from a tuber so it will over-winter. If you take cuttings you'll need to keep then inside for the winter, and the cutting will never form a tuber". Don't know if any of that is true but that's what he told me.

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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Freedombelle
Oct 9, 2017 5:05 PM CST
DaisyI said:Now I'm really confused. Confused How long have you been growing this as a ground cover? Sweet Potato Vine should be dead at the first mention of frost. Take cuttings.


We have not had frost yet, has been really nice warm weather until today, this that I planted is a perineal. Yesterday I cut it because it is getting out of hand, not due to any weather.
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Name: Linda
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Freedombelle
Oct 9, 2017 5:08 PM CST
greene said:I may be talking off the top of my head but at the local swap on Saturday my friend gave me one of these ornamental sweet potatoes. When I asked about care he said this, " This plant was grown from a tuber so it will over-winter. If you take cuttings you'll need to keep then inside for the winter, and the cutting will never form a tuber". Don't know if any of that is true but that's what he told me.

Yes, definitely take some cutting to keep this plant for next spring!


I planted them in the spring, they went crazy!!! I will go take a picture. I remember it is a perineal because I planted them under a climbing rose for ground cover and made sure I planted and bought what was going to come back, I took some of the cuttings to start and plant elsewhere in the yard.

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Name: Linda
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Freedombelle
Oct 9, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Here is the picture I spoke of from my previous post kind of blurry, was in a hurry, cold out
Thumb of 2017-10-09/Freedombelle/747759

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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Oct 9, 2017 5:24 PM CST
Linda - if they're happy, you'll get a pretty pale pink bloom on the dark ones. Since they won't overwinter here, I dig up the tubers and store them in the dark over winter.
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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Freedombelle
Oct 9, 2017 5:33 PM CST
Waaa, I was wrong. I know the tag said perrienal but I just researched and they are in zone 9-11 and I am in zone 5. Well, I took cuttings and can plant them next spring if they co-operate with me. If they don`t I will just find a different ground cover that will come back. Sighing!
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Name: stone
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stone
Oct 11, 2017 11:41 AM CST
Too bad that you cut them back before the frost.
The ornamental ones produce edible tubers just like the ones we grow in the veggie garden.
you can dig them, and save them in a frost free place... and plant in the spring.
Here in the deep south, they survive the winter left out in the garden...
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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Freedombelle
Oct 11, 2017 6:45 PM CST
I am way too lazy to dig them up, so whatever will be will be. I did find the tag today, my brain was wrong as I thought it said perineal on it, it did not state that at all. But the tag says Ipomoea Batatas. I do like it, but not in love with it enough to dig it all out and it took off and spread more than I wanted it to in the area I put it. So if it dies I will just plant the same ground cover I put on the other side of it that stayed low lying and was just the size I wanted...but hey, that may not come back either (too dark out or I would check the tags and tell you the names) but anyway next season it is easy enough to just buy ground cover and plant it.
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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Freedombelle
Oct 12, 2017 8:30 AM CST
Freedombelle said:I am way too lazy to dig them up, so whatever will be will be. I did find the tag today, my brain was wrong as I thought it said perineal on it, it did not state that at all. But the tag says Ipomoea Batatas. So if it dies I will just plant the same ground cover I put on the other side of it that stayed low lying and was just the size I wanted...but hey, that may not come back either (too dark out or I would check the tags and tell you the names) but anyway next season it is easy enough to just buy ground cover and plant it.


OK, the ground covers on the other side is stonecrop ground cover and waterperry blue speedwell
and are perennials, finally pulled out the tags to see what they said.
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