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Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:00 pm
by Carpenter2n
Would like to grow some sweet potatoes for the 1st time.
Know nothing about them other than they taste good. What do I need to know?

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:13 pm
by 1982vett
See your in central Texas.....what type soil do you have? Sweet potatoes need sandy soil.

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:19 pm
by Carpenter2n
good to know, thank you. We have heavy soil, so I'll do a raised bed for them.
Got any more for me? Really don't know anything at all about them.

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:37 pm
by 1982vett
I'll defer to sky on that. I'm not all that fond of them. Mom and dad used to grow them in some sandy loam on a place they had. Don't remember a whole lot.

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:40 pm
by Carpenter2n
okay, thank you!

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:28 pm
by skyhightree1
Carpenter2n wrote:Would like to grow some sweet potatoes for the 1st time.
Know nothing about them other than they taste good. What do I need to know?


First is they don't like heavy soil. They really need sandy soil to really perform well but some folks raise them with potting soil.

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:30 pm
by skyhightree1

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:32 pm
by skyhightree1

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:56 pm
by Carpenter2n
Thanks sky, appreciate the info
when is the best time to plant, in relation to last frost?

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:24 am
by M-5
Get u a couple of lick tubs . buy quality potting soil fill1/2 full. put about 6 or 8 draws per tub. As they grow keep the runners turned back into the tub once you have alot of vines keep adding potting soil to keep vines covered with just leaves showing . if done correctly one tub can make a 5 gal bucket. If your successful with them I'll share how to make a potato bank to store them .

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:24 am
by skyhightree1
Carpenter2n wrote:Thanks sky, appreciate the info
when is the best time to plant, in relation to last frost?


Mine usually are planted mid may to memorial day. They can't get frosted at all.

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:03 am
by Carpenter2n
M-5 wrote:Get u a couple of lick tubs . buy quality potting soil fill1/2 full. put about 6 or 8 draws per tub. As they grow keep the runners turned back into the tub once you have alot of vines keep adding potting soil to keep vines covered with just leaves showing . if done correctly one tub can make a 5 gal bucket. If your successful with them I'll share how to make a potato bank to store them .


Okay, so pretty similar to growing regular potatoes in a tub. Thank you

Re: Sweet Potatoes

Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:04 am
by Carpenter2n
skyhightree1 wrote:
Carpenter2n wrote:Thanks sky, appreciate the info
when is the best time to plant, in relation to last frost?


Mine usually are planted mid may to memorial day. They can't get frosted at all.


Great, thank you