Vegetables and Fruit forum: Easy sweet potato question in south Alabama...

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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Mar 9, 2018 8:40 AM CST
Ok, here it is. A very, very easy sweet potato question to answer. Whistling

I'm going to try a few hills of sweet potatoes this year. I'd like the sweet as sugarcane, buttery-textured, super-fantastic tasting kind. nodding Also, getting further specific Rolling my eyes. , a bush-type of plant would be nice. The color, is well, a coin-toss...for me, it doesn't matter what color as long as the other criteria is met but for my wife I'm not sure if she's hung up on the traditional orange/red colored ones or not. For this purpose, lets pretend color doesn't matter to her. I'm sure I'll be D'Oh! later on, but I'm a glutton for punishment...just ask the deer.

Currently I'm looking at Porto Rico and O'Henry. Porto Rico is getting the favorable "nod" due to it being a bush variety, though I'm not too sure just how "wild" the vining gets on vining-types such as the O'Henry or maybe Georgia Jets...???

See, that shouldn't be too hard to answer!!! Hmm, was that two questions???
Thank You!
Ed
South Alabama - 8a/8b
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Mar 9, 2018 9:39 AM CST
Bunch Porto Rico is hard to beat if you like a sweet honey dripper. Only draw back is that it is more prone to scurf than modern varieties. I am not a big fan of the white fleshed and yellow fleshed varieties. Dry flesh. I do grow some from time to time. The vining types do take up considerable space. I am currently growing Diane, Carolina Ruby, Covington ( vining) and Ivy leaf Carver (bunch). all have good flavor, just a shade below the Porto Rico. Bunch types will go about three feet. Some vining types will go 15-20.
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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Mar 9, 2018 10:59 PM CST
Thanks for the feedback, Dillard!!! I tend to over doctor-up my baked sweet potatoes...some sugar, cinnamon, butter. Yeah, I kinda like it sweet. Big Grin My wife on the otherhand says that they're sweet enough for her and basically only adds a little butter to hers. These comments are for some form of grocery store potatoes...??? I'm hoping the Porto Ricos might be sweet enough that I won't be piling on the dressings.

Ok, now I know what "scurf" is. Maybe I need to go with a different sweet potato? I sure do like the idea of the bush habit of this one, though. What about another good tasting one that vines but not excessively...is there such a thing?

I'd just like a good tasting sweet potato that won't take over my little garden.
South Alabama - 8a/8b
The Enchanted Land of Humidity
www.beeweather.com
2017 Garden Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1zSVfK
“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”
― Rod Serling
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Mar 10, 2018 6:59 AM CST
Bunch types are a bit difficult to find. Most local vendors sell the commercial variety Beauregard. Good flavor but vining. Bunch Porto Rico is carried by many online venders . I have not grown it but Vardeman appears to be a good bunch type. https://tatorman.com/index.php... I have used this vender and they are reliable. https://www.sweetpotatoplant.c... I have in the past used this vender with no problems. http://www.aces.edu/dept/com_v... Alabama Growers, but they do not have much variety. I currently am growing Ivy Leaf Carver in the bunch category. Sandhill has an extensive collection. https://www.sandhillpreservati... I have ordered several varieties including the IVY Leaf carver from them. Their shipping dates are too late for production in our area. I just get a dozen or so plants of a variety, and grow them out for seed potatoes the following year. I grow most of my own plants, just trialing new to me varieties every year or so
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Mar 10, 2018 7:34 AM CST
Thanks for the confirmation on tatorman.com, I'd been looking at what they offer and had the Diane and Porto Rico in my shopping cart. There description says that Diane is a "premium" sweet potato but also states that it is a "heavy yielder". Does the heavy yielder aspect mean that it's also a very viney plant?

Are there any sweet potatoes noted as "semi-vining" that might not be as invasive as some but that aren't bush type?

Now off to investigate sweetpotatoplant.com!!!
Thanks!
Ed
South Alabama - 8a/8b
The Enchanted Land of Humidity
www.beeweather.com
2017 Garden Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1zSVfK
“It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.”
― Rod Serling
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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farmerdill
Mar 10, 2018 7:51 AM CST
Semi vining does mean shorter vines. Diane likes to head for the next county.
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