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Potato Vine in a pot?

Posted by cave76 z8No CA (My Page) on
Wed, May 10, 06 at 11:33

Has anyone ever done this?

I want to plant a potato vine in a pot to twine up the 1" railings of my balcony. And maybe even up a trellis to give some filtered shade. I have full hot sun a good part of the day, south exposure.

I grew potato vines when living on a ranch and they were extremely easy. Now I'm wondering how they'd do in a pot.

In my zone they bloom almost all year.

Any experience? Any tips?


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RE: Potato Vine in a pot?

I've had sweet potato vines and they produce tubers at the end of the season (although I discarded).

However I have seen many posts from people who grew potatoes in large containers (eg., large plastic trash cans or in chicken-wire cages with the starters planted in straw/soil above ground within the cage, etc) and gave instructions on how to do it - at least for harvest purposes. I don't think the vine itself gets large enough in a container to actually produce a screen (unless you have a bunch of vines). Although if you have a deep trough and build up the soil over time to get a massive root (potato) system established, they could probably produce some signicant vineage.

RE: Potato Vine in a pot?1

Thank you Jenny for your answer.

I was less than precise in my question. :) The potato vine I was referring to is probably the one in the link below.

I never knew it's scientific name and out here, in CA, it's a very hardy vine/bush/climber that endures hardship well and stays green all year. And called, locally at least, potato vine.

Prolific bloomer.

I see by the pic on the link that it's growing in pots, but that may be just how it's sold in a nursery.

I remember well the sweet potato vines we planted in school. Those are fun also. :)

Here is a link that might be useful:

RE: Potato Vine in a pot?

Okay. Your link is showing one growing where? A POT!

So go for it! ;-)

People go to nurseries to buy plants that were grown in containers so that means the plants CAN grow in a container just fine! Usually the bigger the container, the bigger they'll grow. So if you get one, just plop it in a good-sized container and let it have a field day as most vines tend to do.

BTW, I've also heard about vines called potato vines that have been found growing in woods and produce a large potato-looking seed pod in similar zones, so that had come to mind to me too.

RE: Potato Vine in a pot?

If we are talking about the decorative sweet potato vines you get in the nursery, the lime green, or pink, or "black" they LOVE pots. They thrive in regular potting soil with normal watering. they will however take over anyplace they are planted, especially "Marguerita" the lime green one. Our town has some huge planters that have something different each year. Last year they had alternate black and lime green sweet potato vines planted so they formed "stripes" and they were simply spectacular! They soon grew down to the pavement and started out to eat the passers by until the park department came with their shears and tamed them. They really do need some discipline. If you had a big planter and planted alternates of all three colors it would stop the neighbors in their tracks! I have a lot of pots and use a lot of sweet potato vine to make them look less like pots and more like a garden in the summer. What I like about them is that they will trail and not try to climb whatever they are planted with--but they will grow up a trellis too. Very handy in a vine.

RE: Potato Vine in a pot?*

Could you find a link or the scientific name for those vines? They sound interesting.

But they must be completely different from what I was asking about. (See my answer above).

RE: Potato Vine in a pot?

  • Posted by pvick z6B NYC (My Page) on
    Wed, May 17, 06 at 22:08

I'm with Jenny - Go for it! In your zone, they should do quite well. I've been looking at that vine a few years now .......

The vines that Betsy refers to are ornamental sweet potato vines (ipomoea batatas), also fondly referred to as SPVs. There are quite a few cultivars available. Beautiful and very prolific. My personal favorites are 'Blackie' and the lime-green thug 'Margarita'.



RE: Potato Vine in a pot?(

Thanks for the link. I now have yet another plant to lust after and try to find space for on my tiny balcony!

RE: Potato Vine in a pot?

  • Posted by jimshy z7 Brooklyn, NY (My Page) on
    Thu, May 18, 06 at 14:32


I saw beautiful, huge vines of s. jasminoides all over Northern Italy, so it should do fine in your climate, except if you get hard frosts, it'll probably die back to the ground. Roots should be hardy so long as it's a large pot, and in a protected location like up against a wall.

My only growing tips are lotsa sun and regular watering and fertilizing, and if it grows where it shouldn't, cut it back, they're pretty rampant growers.


RE: Potato Vine in a pot?

  • Posted by nanzey z10/So.Cal. (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 31, 06 at 18:36

I was browsing for a good vine to cover a balcony railing and came across this thread so i thought i'd revive it.

Anyone have any luck growing a sweet potato vine from an actual sweet potato?
If so, how long from when you started it till the first blooms?
It sounds like a fun experiment.


RE: Potato Vine in a pot?

I had tried it a couple years ago from one that had sprouted but I didn't have a good spot to put it where it could get some more sun and it didn't grow that much. It seemed to be bushier than the more ornamental types. I think if I were to try it again, I'd put it in a Rubbermaid tote and grow it like a potato, progressively adding soil to it to form new tubers. Had never considered to use it for a rail as at least in my climate, even the ornamentals never got long enough to do it.

RE: Potato Vine in a pot?

I would suggest using this Container Gardening

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