The Sweet Potato is a perennial trailing plant that develops fleshy tuberous roots.
Plant Information or Specifications
Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December,
Customer Comments on Sweet Potato
Low Groundcover : Plant as an edible groundcover between and under fruit/ nut trees and Arrowroot to make maximum use of sunlight.This is called 'Stacking'.So the lowest is Sweet Potato then higher up is the Arrowroot then higher up is the fruit tree . | Rolf - Bankstown Sydney, NSW 17-Jan-2006
Young leaves can be cooked as part of any vegetable dish. Its use is similar to spinach. | Jay Queja - Berowra Heights, 2082 18-Jan-2006
In a study done at a Southern US university, cooked sweet potato leaves proved to be a natural cholesterol/ blood pressure reducer. Eat and be healthy! | Cheryl Kiepke - Seagoville, TX 08-Aug-2008
Its botanical name is Ipomoea batatas - not "batatus" and not "batters"! Curry the tuber with onion, ground coriander, little cumin, ginger | Kathy Boyes - Thebarton, SA 23-Oct-2008
My sweet potato gets wiped out by frost, then just resprouts. Have the Beauregard variety, it is a perennial ground cover. The leaves are excellent in stir fries as well! | Jon Albiez - Toowoomba, QLD 11-Nov-2010
Sweet potatoes try to develop tubers as soon as they start growing in soil. In the very infertile, sandy, sometimes saline soils of Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, it is a perennial and produces an average sized tuber every 2 months. | Carl Ramirez - Kensington, NSW 17-Feb-2011
Be careful to avoid (ie cut off) any rot or fungus infected sweet potato. When stressed the tuber is know to produce toxins | Eugen - Neerim , VIC 20-Mar-2011
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