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Michelle starts with ...
Having spent time living in Fiji I became accustomed to the sweet potato grown there, they were more round and white than those cultivated here, does anyone know the botanical name for the Fijian varieties?
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Damo says...
Its the same, you just ahve to track one down. I have seen them grown ex Qld, so they are around.
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Michelle says...
Thank you Damo for replying. Will keep a look out.
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Brendan says...
Just wondering if anyone else saw ABC Gardening last night, 31. 7. 10. (and repeated today at 1pm).
That lady 'up north' was planting sweet potato, but she intended to grow them up a trellis?
Now I'm not sure if she only wanted to harvest the leaves & tips of the sweet potato vine, but I don't think she was going to grow sweet potatoes, as they grow UNDER the ground,
not up a trellis.
The sweet potatoes I've grown would never work growing up a trellis, as the piece (or tip) of sweet potato that's planted, sprouts roots and usually rots away.
As the vine grows along the ground, it sends down spikes or roots, and these grow into sweet potatoes. I just can't see that happening up a trellis.
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HappyEarth says...
Hey brendan, she was planting cuttings (stem) of the sweet potato not the tuber itself. Each stem will form a clump of sweet potatos to harvest down the track.

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Brendan says...
Ok HappyEarth, thanks for that.
I thought I must have missed something :-)
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Brad says...
She said something about not wanting to crowd out other plants so I got the impression there was space saving going on by letting them run/climb up not over the bed

You can always watch it again online

PS how cool were the Adelaide oldies
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Diana says...
Hi Brendan,

I did that with my sweet potatoes. It wasn't deliberate, the sweet potato bed was next to a trellis for a new grape, but the potatoes got there first. It worked well because the leaves feed the tubers- having a lot of leaves growing up a trellis meant that the part on the ground where the tubers were was extremely productive, completely full of potatoes. I have renovated this bed now, just leaving a small patch to regrow in summer.

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Charles cant spell says...
As Diana says, for the running varieties this is a good idea, also yes you can eat the leaves/tips as a spinach substitute so growing it off the ground keeps it dirt/grit free. The plant will grow long roots and off those roots sweet potatoes. So there is no need to let it scramble along the ground and root along the way. You can do this but you are probable better planting multiple tips where you want the sweet potatoes to grow. The ground should be loose and mounded up a bit but not necessary.

The common orange skinned/orange fleshed sweet potatoes (Beauregard ?) runs a lot so trellising/growing up is a good option for this one.

The white skinned purple fleshed one (smaller and narrower tuber) is a nice clumping variety that has purple tips of new growth.

The purple skinned white flesh one (dense tuber that tastes like chestnuts) is also pretty stable/clumping.



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