Return to the Container Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Sweet potato issues

Posted by david52 z5CO (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 10, 13 at 10:46

I live pretty far out of sweet potato climate, very short season, cool nights, etc. This past May, in the greenhouse, I rooted cuttings from an over-wintered vine in pots that measured 4 x 4 x 6 inches deep, and when they were well-rooted - growing out the drainage holes - I transplanted 24 of them into grow bags and containers, 3 plants apiece, and another 12 out in the garden beds. I grew 'Jubilee" - a short vine, short season variety. The vines grew like bandits. I just harvested them this weekend.

Over-all weight was acceptable - I didn't weigh it all but there's at least 30 lbs. But instead of one to three large tubers per plant, I ended up with a bazillion thumb - diameter, long slender roots all twisted together under the vine, then sort of wandering out and around the containers - the only explanation is that the roots in the original rooting pots went ahead and formed tubers. It was the same thing in the containers and in the garden ground.

So I'd like suggestions on how to avoid this - should I root the vines, then trim off all the roots but one or two before putting them in their final destination?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Container Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here