Sweet potato

I do like Sweet potatoes but have never grown them.

I noticed this year that T & M were offering plug plants as opposed to the more usual slips........their explanation being that many of their customers had, to put it kindly, found the slips a rather erratic process.

I'd like to try some next year on my new allotment and wondered whether anyone had experience of both methods and which they would recommend ?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,619

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,473

    Philippa, I'm currently growing the 'duo' T&M ones in my polytunnel so will keep you informed of progress via this thread and will post some photos tomorrow after work.  They were very large well developed 'plugs' (15cm x 5cm 'root trainered' rootballs with 10cm of top growth) and looked extremely healthy.  They were planted in much improved clay-based soil (lots of added MPC and sharp sand, with a sprinkling of blood, fish and bone) in the polytunnel border after acclimatizing them strictly to supplied instructions.

    If they don't do well after all the care I've lavished on them (including pre-treating the polytunnel soil with slug nematodes), I'll be very disappointed!

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,168

    Ooh thanks Bob............that is kind of you. 

    I'm keen to try them but was a bit cautious because I'd have to do them outside (no room in g/h and no longer have polytunnels ).  I could do them under cloches I guess...that was my first thought. My allotment is new this April ......hand digging the weeds has taken me longer than expected and despite having about half "under production" at the moment, I know I have to improve the soil over Autumn/Winter.

    I will follow your progress with interest and look forward to the pics.  Thanks again for taking the troubleimage

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    Good morning image such a relief to find this timely and interesting thread as I intend to grow sweet potatoes on newly aquired (shared) allotment. No greenhouse so considering large cloches.

    As you are doing Phillipa2 I'm gradually preparing the soil, also clay based , so just have a small bed of potatoes, two rows of sweet corn and beans in at the moment. 

    Thank you BobtheGardener for your advice re the soil preparation, a lot more prep to do.

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

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  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    Good morning image such a relief to find this timely and interesting thread as I intend to grow sweet potatoes on newly aquired (shared) allotment. No greenhouse so considering large cloches.

    As you are doing Phillipa2 I'm gradually preparing the soil, also clay based , so just have a small bed of potatoes, two rows of sweet corn and beans in at the moment. 

    Thank you BobtheGardener for your advice re the soil preparation, a lot more prep to do. 

    Bea

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    You could try growing them in large black pots outside as this would absorb some heat, otherwise you can grow them through black plastic

  • snowathletesnowathlete Posts: 138

    I'm growing these from a small pot from b@q that was reduced. they are in a large pot the soil covered in black plastic and a homemade cloche. The extra heat is important eve. Though this variety is supposed to be well adapted to the uk climate. The soil is proper warm now, really makes a difference and the growth above the surface has really taken off the last few weeks.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,473

    Here's a pic of mine at the moment:

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    I'm trying to train them up string (they're about 2 foot tall now) but they don't do this naturally and prefer to sprawl along the ground, like the horizontal shoot you can see at the bottom.  Apparently everything ends up as one huge tangle so will fit in well with the rest of my plants!  image

    I think we'd need a good summer for them to grow well outside, even though these varieties, Beauregard Improved and especially Carolina Ruby are recommended for growing in "milder areas".  It gets a bit cold here in the East midlands (I'm blummin freezing at the mo!) but I think they'd do well south of the Watford gap.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,168

    Bob...........thanks for the pic and update.

    I'm in Somerset ( only a few klms from coast ) so am hoping a cloche may do it for me next year..........a BIG cloche I suspect .........or at least a long one image  I await your next report.......thanks again.  Oh, hope it warms up for you soon......hot here but strong winds all day.

    BBee........are you going to try Slips or Plugs ?

    SnowA..........I don't suppose you know what variety yours are do you........I know B&Q lose the plot with their labelling sometimesimage

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