Can sweet potatoes grow in straw like Irish potatoes?

dianega(7 - ATL)May 14, 2010

I was thinking of planting sweet potatoes in a big, half whiskey barrel, but it would be awfully heavy/messy to tip over the barrel and not crazy about having to reach in up to my elbows to dig them out by hand.

I'm trying Irish potatoes in straw this year since it sounds a lot cleaner to harvest that way... has anyone tried the same with sweet potatoes? Or any other suggestions to make harvesting easier?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

I've never had any sweetpotatoes raised in straw, but tried some in leaves once. They grew about 18 inches long and were very very skinny.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 4:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

A gardener who doesn't like playing in the dirt??? ;)

Unfortunately root crops like potatoes, whether sweets or Irish, need to be dug out of the soil - even when those potatoes are grown in straw. All you need is a potato fork to dig them up with.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 6:07PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Problem Peas - germination
Can anyone advise me on the best way of getting peas...
Steve Kind
Unforecasted late frost
I'm pretty much a newbie. I transplanted a yellow...
Katie Gooding
I really messed up, who can help? Tomato expert needed...
I planted beefsteak and July 4th tomatoes and didn't...
lining bottom of raised bed for tomatoes
I keep reading advise about lining the bottom of raised...
Asparagus sprouts getting TALL
Planted them on 3/9, in small 2-inch pots, potting...
Sponsored Products
American Outdoor Grill Island - AOGISLAND
Kichler Tournai 69 1/2" High Londonderry Outdoor Light
Lamps Plus
Rialto Satin Nickel Three-Light Bath Fixture
$180.00 | Bellacor
Kai Floating Drink Caddy
$69.50 | FRONTGATE
Waterworks Chandelier
| Dot & Bo
Jay Leather Sectional
Opulent Items
Fathead Big Deer Wall Decals
Hampton Bay Track Lighting White Flex Track Lighting Head with Metal Shade
$17.86 | Home Depot
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™