sweet potatop flower

foolishpleasureAugust 24, 2012

Why my sweetpotatos are making flowers. I thought it is a root vegetable What is the function of the flowers other than looking prety?

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sunnibel7 Md 7(7)

They are a whole, complete plant and as such will flower when they feel conditions are right. The flower is to make seeds. Most plants have more than one strategy for propegation of their genes. :)

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 11:07AM
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farmerdill

Sweet potatoes are a member of the morning glory group. Some varieties blossom with abandon others rarely. As sunnibel stated They have to seed in order to get crosses an start new varieties. Covington flowers abundantly.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 11:37AM
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edweather(Zone 5a/b Central NY)

I think sweet potato flowers are beautiful. I don't see many of them, but I love 'em. Haven't seen one this year "yet" on mine.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 1:56PM
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foolishpleasure

I agree the flowers are prety. I have a large bed of sweet potatoes plants. The plants are very green healthy and look happy. There are over 50 flowers in the bed. The neighbor's wife and her friend asked me if they can come close and look at them and take pictures I said sure. I Had sweet potatoes last year but did not flower. I love eating sweet potatoes.
Abe

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 2:22PM
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