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wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 16 8:57 pm    Post subject: Sweet potato plants  Reply with quote    

Some sweet potato plants seem to have accidentally fallen out of the garden centre and into my greenhouse. What on earth do I with them now?

(Quite a lot of chillis, peppers and brassicas also fell in. But at least they were half price and I know how to grow them!)

gardening-girl



Joined: 25 Feb 2009
Posts: 6024
Location: Somerset.
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 16 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We grew them in the poly tunnel. They are a member of the bindweed family and will run everywhere. IIRC, we grew them up wigwams.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 16 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My greenhouses are both slabbed, so they can go inside in pots or outside in the ground. Or some of each, I suppose. I have a spare cold frame, but it sounds as though it might need something more substantial. They do look rather like bindweed!

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 16 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've known them survive in a yorkshire coldframe but I don't know how yields were. Ideally in a greenhouse or polytunnrel, but you'll need a bloody big container to get a decent root crop. Incidentally the leaves and young shoots are edible and relatively high protein.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 16 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have 25 litre pots. Do you think they'll be big enough, or do I need to think of something else?

gardening-girl



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 16 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Our pots were about 2ft across and deep. Don`t know about the size in litres.

BahamaMama



Joined: 21 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 16 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have grown them in pots, loads of growth and attractive leaves but very little in the way of sweet potatoes at the end. They are kind of fun but I have not done it again.

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