Unsure of harvest time

BabyGr33nThumb(7b)October 6, 2011

So I planted my sweet potato slips in July and for those in my zone can attest it was a very 'tropical' summer lots of 90's & above for awhlie. So my sweet potatoes just kept growing and growing and so not it being October I can't tell if I should pull them out. And when I do, how and where should I cure them now that North Carolina is cooling down?

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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

IMO let them grow as long as possible.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 8:25AM
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BabyGr33nThumb(7b)

Thanks edweather for responding but since I am a noob to gardening can you please tell me why I should leave them in? Also we are getting int to the 30's at night now (just started this week.) And I am afraid they will ruin. Plus I know they require sunshine time to cure or would they be just as good in a heated room?

    Bookmark   October 30, 2011 at 10:53AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

From my experience growing potatoes, the longer that I leave them in, the bigger the potatoes get. Can you see the potatoes forming? My sweet potatoes were practically jumping out of the ground and I could see that they were big enough to harvest. They should cure fine in a heated room. I think I just let the frost end my growing season. IMO most people want to harvest potatoes too early, that's why I suggested leaving them in.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 9:42AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

I agree with Ed. Let 'em go as long as you can.

Josh

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 2:15PM
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