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What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:18 pm
by jltrent
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Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:11 pm
by Workinonit Farm
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

What in the world????!!!

I'd like to know the answer as well.

Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:15 pm
by skyhightree1
jltrent wrote:Image


Did you plant them from slips or plant cells? What variety ? I dug most of mine and got 9 bushels so far may did more tomorrow.

Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:30 pm
by skyhightree1
Workinonit Farm wrote::shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

What in the world????!!!

I'd like to know the answer as well.


Most of the time its cause the roots were damaged to start with and sweet potatoes do best in light sandy soil. This could have been a case where they took the path of the least resistance and grew like that but I would be willing to bet its because of the root formation it had before planting. I buy my slips out of N.C.

Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:37 pm
by jltrent
I bought 18 plants at Walmart in individual container coming in 6 packs. The name of them are Beauregards as my sister had planted them before and they did well. I got 3 four gallon buckets full from them, don't know if that is good or bad, but several of them sure was funny shaped.

Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:09 pm
by greybeard
jltrent wrote: The name of them are Beauregards as my sister had planted them before and they did well.


Sounds like some kind of racist name to me...Someone will be along shortly to set fire to your garden...

Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:12 am
by jltrent
Beauregard Sweet Potato
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Light: Full sun
Vine type: Semi-running
Matures: 90 days
Plant spacing: 12 to 18 inches apart
Plant size: 3- to 6-foot vine
Developed at Louisiana State University in 1987, this variety may be the world’s most popular sweet potato. It is favored for high yields of uniform, reddish-purple potatoes with tasty, deep-orange flesh that keeps well in storage. It seems to have fewer problems with white grubs than some varieties and also resists cracking. Folks in Louisiana are proud of their sweet potatoes and after tasting this one, you’ll know why. Make sure that plants get plenty of sun to develop the maximum flavor and sweetness.

Resistant to fusarium wilt and soil rot, but not resistant to nematodes.
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Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:22 am
by skyhightree1
jltrent wrote:I bought 18 plants at Walmart in individual container coming in 6 packs. The name of them are Beauregards as my sister had planted them before and they did well. I got 3 four gallon buckets full from them, don't know if that is good or bad, but several of them sure was funny shaped.


I have never had good luck with buying sweet potatoes in those packs I tried them but seems as the potatoes do not grow well problems there in those packs and if old meaning roots are jumbled and twisted so will the sweet potatoes. Sweet potato slips are the best way to go IMO they are grown and harvested at the right time. I plant bueregards as well as Puerto Rican reds.

Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:14 am
by skyhightree1
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Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:08 am
by greybeard
jltrent wrote:Beauregard Sweet Potato
Folks in Louisiana are proud of their sweet potatoes and after tasting this one, you’ll know why. Make sure that plants get plenty of sun to develop the maximum flavor and sweetness.

Resistant to fusarium wilt and soil rot, but not resistant to nematodes.
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I used to live in Opelousas, Louisiana ...claim to fame was the Yambilee..a festival to sweet potatoes. (they don't do it any more from what I've heard.)

Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:33 pm
by blkbuckaroo
Possible soil compaction, amend your soil for next season with lots of organic matter or use some cover crops live tillage radish.

Re: What happened to my sweet potatoes?

Posted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:26 pm
by greybeard
jltrent wrote:Image

I believe they were under nourished and have begun to eat each other......