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Name: Nancy
Upper East Side of Texas (Zone 8b)
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Maxmom98
Oct 26, 2017 4:10 PM CST
Sweet potato greens are supposedly very healthy and the newest "in" vegetable.
A couple years ago I bought an expensive purple Japanese sweet potato at a health food store and sprouted it, then planted it in one of my flowerbeds. This summer while weeding, I pulled up a handful of perfect slips so I planted them in my garden. I recently harvested the potatoes, but missed a few and of course they're sprouting. I came across an article about how wonderful the greens are. I know the deer love them.
So my question is has anyone ever eaten sweet potato greens and if so please give me your opinion.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Oct 29, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Oh, yes. My first year orange ones. Leafs have a unique flavor, unlike any other green. Very mild. Eat them raw or cooked. Raw there tender, you can make a salad with just them. Surprise your guests ! Yes ๐Ÿ˜, see who can guess ? What kind of green is this ? ๐Ÿ‘ Now you got me interested what the purple sweet tater leaves taste like ๐Ÿ˜•??? Maybe next year.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Oct 29, 2017 9:59 PM CST
So now I won't feel bad if I only get small tubers !
Thanks for pointing this out.
I had not heard of using the greens.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Oct 31, 2017 9:31 AM CST
Hi there Caroline ๐Ÿ˜
Yesterday at local Fresno Ag Hardware, i was wandering around nursery. La la la ! They had a hanging pot with a green plant and a purple plant in it.
I did a double take on the purple plant. Ahh ? WHAT ? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ??? Is it ? Sure enough. It was a purple sweet potato.
I told my sister, what a silly time of year to have sweet taters, there going to freeze.
But ! Now i going to go get one.
See if i can overwinter it in kitchen window.
Maybe I'll take some stem cuttings and root them if i want more plants. I won't have to go searching for a purple sw. tater. Sound like a winner. ๐Ÿ‘
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Oct 31, 2017 11:16 AM CST
Highly likely that it is an ornamental sweet potato plant. They are rapidly growing in popularity. Designed for looks not palatability of roots.
Ornamental Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie')
Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas Illusionยฎ Garnet Lace)
Ornamental Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita')
Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Red')
Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Ace of Spades')
Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Purple')
Ornamental Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas 'Tricolor')
Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Pink Frost')
Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Chillin Blackberry Heart')
There are 27 varieties in the Plants Databased
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Oct 31, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Well, shucks. ๐Ÿ˜ณ @farmerdill.
Burst my bubble, but you saved me a few bucks. ๐Ÿ˜
I'll start looking for a purple one now. Them dudes choose there OWN time to sprout for me. Mine didn't sprout till the middle of summer. One from grocery store and one from a seed potato i bought at nursury in like Feb. I've never been able to sprout one in water or soil, all they do is rot. They have a mind of there own ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 6, 2017 7:32 AM CST
I wonder if there is a variety which is better to grow for greens from the vegetable ones?
The only variety that I see locally is Beauregard.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 6, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Howdy. Caroline ๐Ÿ˜Ž
I would imagine purple and orange would have a little different tastes, like purple a bit stronger.

I got a couple of seed sets, of a newer variety, last winter, from ace hardware.
Also, WOW !!! ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š I believe, I googled sweet taters. Woha, Dares. A bunch of different varities. New and old. Also, with different maturity days ! I'm sure, you'll like dat ! Hurray! Thumbs up

SOO, Get your hunt-on, I mean ! Get your google-on ! D'Oh! D'Oh! D'Oh! Crud ! Ahh shoot #
Just go googling !
I'm gonna, go fishing, I need to eat some worms anyways . ๐Ÿ˜›








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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 7, 2017 6:20 AM CST
Yes, I can google, and find the lists of varieties, but if they are not available locally-then I am out of luck !
I have tried ordering slips from on line plant dealers , but by the time they ship them, and I root them--the growing season is too short.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 7, 2017 10:41 AM CST
I was thinking. You could find some seed sets, they look like mini potatoes. You could sprout yourself. From seed company, or your local nursery could order for you.
I know you need fast ones, with your short growing season.
It seems like there would be a way to force taters to sprout. Maybe someone hear knows a way.
Mine didn't sprout till middle of summer.
I try water, or soil to sprout them in spring. All they do is rot. ๐Ÿ˜ž
Ttfn ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž
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Name: Nancy
Upper East Side of Texas (Zone 8b)
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Maxmom98
Nov 8, 2017 9:22 AM CST
I bought my purple sweet potato at an organic grocery store, it sprouted easily by setting it atop a jar full of water with only the bottom part of the potato touching the water. They grow like weeds.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 8, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Hi ya Nancy
I have two plants, so ill have some organic ones to sprout next year.
I think I've always tried to sprout them to early.
We're in same zone. When did you sprout yours ?
To gain more of my aspect , and more info. Go to my recently asked question. In ask a question forum. Heading : Sprouting sweet potatoes.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Nov 10, 2017 4:02 PM CST
The sweet potato for sprouting needs to be organic, but it should NOT have been chilled. All the ones we get here come from California, and they come up by refrigerated trucks.
Then they take a long time to sprout.

I wonder if we could "undo" that refrigeration by maybe warming them slightly? Not cooking them, but maybe keep at ?75 ยบ F or so ?

Sometime I will experiment with the sweet potatoes to see if the process can be made faster.
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wigginsmi
Nov 25, 2017 6:23 PM CST
I remember sprouting sweet potatoes the way Nancy did when I was a kid. Being a NYC kid the outcome was "that's cool" and then we threw them away. Surprising since my parents were from Iowa farm county.

I now live on a large property with a big garden and grew sweet potatoes this past summer for the first time in a long time. I bought plants from a local nursery - pricey at $2.50 per plant. I save some small tubers and I'm going to see if I can sprout same way I sprout my dahlias. I'll keep then in the dark in a cool basement and, in February or March, make them warm and moist - perhaps wrapped in a damp towel. Hopefully, I can propograte my own every year. Any thoughts?

Thanks for the tip about sweet potato greens.
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LizDTM
Nov 25, 2017 8:10 PM CST
I cut an organic sweet potato in half and then stuck the halves into my constant flow aquaponics bed. Doing really well! There is a potato under there, I promise!


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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Nov 25, 2017 11:08 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Wigginsmi !

When I was a kid we used to sprout sweet potatoes from the store and grow them as houseplants. And more recently I've sprouted them both to try growing in the garden (not too successful here) and "just for fun." I don't think you'll have any trouble sprouting yours; you could always start them now and just keep cutting the sprouts back and rooting them for planting in the garden in the spring. Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Nov 26, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Howdy there Wiggins I tip my hat to you.
My first ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ! Successful year of growing S.P. Too. Ive always been hopeless,๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ญ when it came to sprouting one . Rot rot rot city .
I just gave up . What did I do this year ??????? Nothing ....... The sweet tater and mother nature, did the work. I had a few taters in cupboard, getting old, a little bit wrinkly . I grabbed them out one day to cook-em up. AND ! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ??? What's this ? One had 2 sprouts on it . Hurray! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€. Cut her between two sprouts and planted. I guess Shrug! The tater decided , it was time to get a growing .

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 26, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Hears, my thoughts ๐Ÿค”??? One novice to another. Sort of ! The blind, leading the blind. Rolling on the floor laughing
I hope you saved enough of you taters to play with. Ya know experiment ! Is basement dry ? Your moist towel ideal , I don't know , but sounds like something I might try myself ๐Ÿ‘...
After a while in cold, I would move them into dark place in house. If they start to sprout early. Do as , Sandy, @Weedwhacker said.๐Ÿ‘.
Im thinking we'll be successful for next year, since wee have our own taters, we grew, to sprout ๐Ÿ‘ !!!

Let's, try to stay informed, with each other, since it seems, just about everybody else, doesn't seem to have any trouble, sprouting sweet potatoes.
? ๐Ÿค” ??? NOW ? What's your thoughts on that question ?๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ
Latter ! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž







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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Mar 10, 2018 5:55 PM CST
I got sweet'taters on my mind...

How's ya'll's doin'?

Smiling
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Name: Nancy
Upper East Side of Texas (Zone 8b)
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Maxmom98
Mar 11, 2018 3:51 PM CST
Ed,

Thanks for asking, this year I'm not planting any sweet potatoes, that space has been allocated for daylily seedlings. Next year at the rate I'm going we will lose some yard to them.

I enjoyed your garden photo album and envy your neighbors.

Nancy

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