Information About Sweet Potatoes

Growing sweet potatoes require a long, warm growing season in order to do well. Use the following information to learn how to grow sweet potato plants, care for them throughout the growing season and harvest sweet potatoes for use in all your favorite dishes. You’ll also find answers to common problems and how to treat them.

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What Is A Sweet Potato Slip: How To Get Sweet Potato Slips For Planting

By Amy Grant

What is a sweet potato slip and how do you get sweet potato slips? If you’re interested in sweet potato slip growing, click here.

Growing Sweet Potatoes Vertically: Planting Sweet Potatoes On A Trellis

By Laura Miller

For gardeners with limited space, growing sweet potatoes on a trellis may be the only way to include this tasty tuber among their homegrown vegetables. As an added bonus, these vines make attractive patio plants. Learn about vertically growing sweet potatoes here.

Are Ornamental Sweet Potatoes Edible – Should You Be Eating Ornamental Sweet Potatoes

By Amy Grant

Over the course of the last decade or so, ornamental sweet potatoes have become almost a staple in many hanging baskets or decorative containers. But what about the ornamental sweet potato tubers? Can you eat ornamental sweet potatoes? Click here to find out.

Sweet Potato Soft Rot Treatment: Controlling Bacterial Soft Rot Of Sweet Potato Plants

By Amy Grant

Also referred to as sweet potato bacterial stem and root rot, bacterial sweet potato rot is favored by high temperatures combined with high humidity. The following article contains information on identifying the symptoms of sweet potato soft rot and how its control.

Sweet Potato Cotton Root Rot – Learn About Phymatotrichum Root Rot On Sweet Potatoes

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Root rots in plants can be specifically hard to diagnose and control. One such disease is phymatotrichum root rot. In this article, we will specifically discuss the effects of phymatotrichum root rot on sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Internal Cork : What Is Sweet Potato Feathery Mottle Virus

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Speckled leaves with purplish borders may be pretty but can be the sign of a serious disease of sweet potatoes a?? feathery mottle virus. The disease is transmitted by tiny insect vectors and can be difficult to diagnose and control. Learn more here.

Sweet Potato Root Knot Nematode Control – Managing Nematodes Of Sweet Potatoes

By Amy Grant

Sweet potatoes with nematodes are a serious problem in both the commercial and home garden. Nematodes of sweet potatoes may either be reniform or root knot. How can sweet potato root knot nematodes be controlled? Click this article to learn more.

Why Are My Sweet Potatoes Cracking: Reasons For Sweet Potato Growth Cracks

By Teo Spengler

For the first months, your crop of sweet potatoes looks picture perfect, then one day you see cracks in a sweet potato. As time passes, you see other sweet potato growth cracks and you wonder: why are my sweet potatoes cracking? Click here to find out.

Sweet Potato Stem Rot – Treating Sweet Potatoes With Fusarium Rot

By Mary Ellen Ellis

The fungus that causes sweet potato stem rot causes both field and storage rot. The rot can affect leaves, the stem, and the potatoes, creating large and deep lesions that ruin the tubers. You can prevent and control this infection with some simple measures. Learn more here.

Sweet Potato Scurf Information: Treating Sweet Potatoes With Scurf

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Like any plants, growing sweet potatoes can have its own challenges. Scurf on sweet potato plants is perhaps the most common of these challenges. Click on the following article for sweet potato scurf information and possible treatment.

Sweet Potato Black Rot : How To Manage Sweet Potatoes With Black Rot

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Sweet potato black rot is a potentially damaging disease caused by a fungus. The disease is easily transmitted from equipment, insects, contaminated soil or plant material. Learn more about sweet potato black rot in this article.

Sweet Potato Rotting After Harvest – What Causes Sweet Potato Storage Rots

By Amy Grant

A number of bacterial and fungal pathogens cause storage rot of sweet potatoes. The following article contains information on diseases that can result in sweet potatoes rotting after harvest and how to control sweet potato rot during storage.

Sweet Potato Foot Rot: What Is Foot Rot Of Sweet Potato Plants

By Amy Grant

Foot rot of sweet potato is a fairly minor disease, but in a commercial field can result in significant economic losses. While disaster potential is relatively inconsequential, it is still advisable to learn how to control foot rot in sweet potatoes. This article will help.

What Is Sweet Potato Pox : Learn About Soil Rot Of Sweet Potatoes

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

If your sweet potato crop has black necrotic lesions, it may be pox of sweet potato. What is sweet potato pox? Soil rot of sweet potatoes occurs in soil, but the disease progresses when roots are stored. Learn the signs and symptoms of this disease to prevent its spread here.

Sweet Potato Vine Division: Tips On Dividing Sweet Potato Vines

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Splitting sweet potatoes is one way to create new vines with very little investment of time or money. Dividing sweet potato vines to propagate new vines is easy, as the vines grow from fleshy underground tubers. Click here for tips on sweet potato vine division.

Winterizing A Sweet Potato Vine: Overwintering Ornamental Sweet Potatoes

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

There are three different methods for overwintering sweet potato plants. Which way you save your sweet potato vines over winter depends upon how much work you want to do and how cold your region becomes during winter. Click here to learn more.

Companion Planting With Yams – What To Plant Next To Yams

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

You may not know it, but if you've ever had sweet potatoes, you have had yams. Yam companion plants must share the same growing conditions as the tuber and have the ability to repel certain pests. Learn more in this article.

Yellow Sweet Potato Leaves: Why Do Sweet Potato Leaves Turn Yellow

By Amy Grant

Sweet potatoes are incredibly high in vitamin A, are a great source of beta carotene and antioxidants. Even so, this "super food" has its share of growing problems such as yellow leaves on sweet potatoes. Learn why sweet potato leaves turn yellow in this article.

Sweet Potato Companions: Best Companion Plants For Sweet Potatoes

By Liz Baessler

Once you get them out in the garden, what are the plants that grow well with sweet potato vines? And what are those that don't? You can learn more about companion plants for sweet potatoes in this article. Click here.

Sweet Potato Vine Winter Care: Tips On Winterizing Sweet Potato Vines

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

If you have space, you can bring your sweet potato plants indoors and grow them as houseplants until spring. Otherwise, there are several easy ways of overwintering a sweet potato vine. Click on this article to learn how.

Sweet Potato Varieties: Learn About Different Types Of Sweet Potatoes

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Sweet potatoes are versatile veggies that may be mild or extra sweet, with flesh of white, red, yellow-orange or purple. Learn about a few of the most popular sweet potato varieties in this article. Click here for more information.

Sweet Potato Storage – Tips On Storing Sweet Potatoes For Winter

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

You can have homegrown tubers for months past the growing season if you know how to store sweet potatoes after the harvest. Sweet potato storage requires careful curing to prevent mildew and trigger the formation of sugar-producing enzymes. Learn more here.

Potato Vine Plant Leaves: Are Sweet Potato Leaves Edible?

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

In the United States, most gardeners grow sweet potatoes for the big, sweet tubers. However, the leafy green tops are edible too. If you've never tried eating potato vine leaves, you're missing out. Learn more in this article.

Sweet Potato With White Leaves: Ornamental Sweet Potatoes With Bumpy Leaves

By Kristi Waterworth

Sweet potato vines are very hardy and suffer from few problems, but occasionally white spots on sweet potato foliage appear. Read this article to learn how to cure this problem and what causes white bumps in the first place.

Sweet Potato Container Crops – Tips For Growing Sweet Potatoes In Containers

By Amy Grant

A perennial in its native environment, growing sweet potatoes in containers is an easy endeavor but is usually grown as an annual. For more information on how to grow sweet potatoes in a container, click here.

Sweet Potato Plant Starts: How And When To Start Sweet Potato Slips

By Anne Baley

Unlike other potatoes, sweet potatoes are grown from slips. You can order sweet potato plant starts but it's very simple to sprout your own. Learn more about starting sweet potato slips in this article.

Information About How To Harvest Sweet Potatoes

By Jackie Rhoades

So you've decided to grow some sweet potatoes in the garden and now you need information about when and how to harvest sweet potatoes once they've matured. Read this article to learn more.

Ornamental Sweet Potatoes: How To Grow An Ornamental Sweet Potato Plant

By Kathee Mierzejewski

The ornamental sweet potato plant is different from its vegetable sibling. While it does produce edible sweet potato tubers, the ornamental variety bears more colorful foliage, making it a popular houseplant. Learn more here.

Information On How To Grow And Harvest Sweet Potatoes

By Kathee Mierzejewski

Sweet potatoes are a warm weather vegetable. Growing sweet potatoes require a long frost-free growing season in order to do well. They do not grow like regular potatoes. Read here for tips on how to grow sweet potatoes.

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