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Can you save sweet potato vine tubers?

Last Updated: 22nd March, 2020

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Storing Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine Tubers
To store sweet potato vine tubers over winter, allow the plant to be exposed to cold or frost to trigger dormancy. Don't allow it to freeze though, or it could damage the tuber. Then you can just leave the tubers in the pots, or you can dig them up and store them in boxes.

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Herein, how do you store sweet potato vine tubers?

Brush the soil lightly off the tubers, then store them, not touching, in a cardboard box filled with peat moss, sand or vermiculite. Place the box in a cool, dry location where the tubers won't freeze. Watch for the tubers to sprout in spring, then cut each tuber into chunks, each with at least one sprout.

will sweet potato vines come back every year? After a hard frost, a sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) usually look like something the cat left out in the rain, limp, rotten and dead, but as long as the roots survive it will come back in the spring. Sweet potato vine grows as a perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11.

People also ask, can you eat sweet potato vine tubers?

Ornamental sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), grown primarily for its purple, chartreuse, or variegated foliage, is a true sweet potato. As such, the tubers it forms are edible. If you don't like the taste of the tubers, you can try out the leaves—they're edible, too!

How long do sweet potato vines last?

The garden and ornamental varieties are stored in the same way. Cured for five to 10 days at 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 to 90 percent humidity, and then stored at 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit for six to eight weeks prepares the roots for long term storage.

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Mecias Ribalow

Professional

Will sweet potato vines climb?

Growth Characteristics
The sweet potato vine isn't a natural climber and, without a support structure, prefers to grow along the ground. To grow sweet potato vines vertically, the vines need a trellis or an arbor for support. On the ground, the plants grow 6 to 12 inches tall with a spread of 8 to 10 feet.

Najam Jura

Professional

Should you trim sweet potato vines?

Cut back vine tips that have exceeded their boundaries. Make cuts roughly 1/4 inch above leaf nodes to encourage new growth. Prune off broken or sickly vines. The more of the vine that is pruned off, the more aggressively the plant will try to regrow.

Dorys Polikanov

Professional

Can sweet potato vine be grown indoors?

Potted sweet potato vine plants can be brought indoors and grown as houseplants. The plants can be allowed to go dormant, and you can overwinter the tubers. You can grow sweet potato vine from cuttings, and overwinter the cuttings indoors.

Tula Torkuhl

Explainer

How do you start a sweet potato vine?

Place the sweet potato in a container of water. Keep the top 1/3 of the potato exposed by placing toothpicks into the sides. The pointed end should be down in the water. In a few weeks a vine with several stems will begin to sprout.

Boni Neureuter

Explainer

Why is my sweet potato vine wilting?

Water the sweet potato vine once a day, or as necessary to keep the soil consistently moist. This helps combat signs of dehydration and replanting stress, such as wilting or curling in of the vine's leaves. When watering, use enough to moisten the soil to a depth of 6 inches.

Xoaquin Feltgen

Explainer

Can you replant potato vines?

Sweet Potato Vine Tubers
The fleshy tuber stores nutrients, water and genetic material for the plant. Each growing season, the plant creates new tubers. A simple way to propagate sweet potato vine plants is to divide the tubers and replant them in the soil. Each section will grow a new plant.

Pepa Tzirel

Pundit

How do you take care of a sweet potato vine?

Growing Tips
Although sun lovers, you can plant ornamental sweet potato vines in full sun to partial shade. They thrive in well-drained soil and need to be fertilized regularly during the growing season. Keep an eye on these sneaky plants, though. Sweet potato vines can get unruly.

Tim Schoz

Pundit

Are sweet potato plants poisonous to cats?

Although the sweet potato itself is not toxic to felines, the vines of the sweet potato plant contain the toxic principle LSD. However, if the feline consumes a larger amount of the vine or if the vine is harvesting mold, the feline will display clinical signs of vomiting, diarrhea, and hallucinations.

Acoran Bragulat

Pundit

Is sweet potato vine poisonous to humans?

Sweet potato vines (either purple or lime green) are potentially toxic depending on how much of the plant is eaten. Diarrhea is the most commonly reported problem.

Maddi Lagarde

Pundit

Are sweet potato leaves poisonous?

Although, please bear in mind that potato leaves are poisonous. Sweet potato leaves on the other hand, are edible. It is pretty interesting to know that although both are called 'potatoes', they are not exactly the same species.

Stevens Warcho

Pundit

Can you grow sweet potato vine from a cuttings?

Sweet potato vines can also root from middle portions of the vine, though cuttings that contain a tip will experience greater success. You can also place sweet potato vine cuttings in a jar with water and the cuttings will produce roots readily.

Algis Izcara

Teacher

Is potato vine poisonous?

Flowering potato vine (Solanum jasminoides) is a tropical plant with fragrant blooms that last throughout the summer. This showy plant with elegant white or blue-tinged flowers adds interest to a garden space but is also toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

Sorkunde Schirmacher

Teacher

What is sweet potato vine?

Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas), named for its edible cousin, is an ornamental warm-season annual grown for its attractive leaves and vining habit. The foliage lends a tropical feel to the garden and comes in a range of colors and varying forms.

Chieko Govindraj

Teacher

How do you grow purple sweet potato vines?

How to Grow a Purple Sweet Potato Vine
  1. Plant sweet potato vine in a container filled with commercial potting mixture.
  2. Water sweet potato vine as needed to keep the soil lightly moist but not soggy until the plant is established.
  3. Feed sweet potato vine only if growth appears weak, as the plant generally requires no fertilizer.

Yerik Lykin

Teacher

Are all sweet potato plants edible?

Yes, ornamental sweet potatoes are edible! Ornamental sweet potato tubers are, indeed, sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas). That said, ornamental sweet potato tubers are planted for their lovely chartreuse, purple or variegated trailing foliage that serves as the perfect counterpoint to offset annual blooms.

Alise Tchartorizhsky

Reviewer

How do you harvest sweet potato leaves?

You can harvest leaves as the roots grow, as they are very abundant. However, you can also plant slips now to harvest just the leaves until the first frost. To get slips, simply purchase an organic sweet potato, sit it in the pantry and wait for vines to start growing.

Marbella Sayago

Reviewer

Can you eat sweet potato leaves Raw?

The greens are edible raw, but are a bit strong in flavor. Try sautéing them in the place of spinach, adding them to stir-fries, or chopping them finely and adding them to salads. The sweet potato dates back to prehistoric times, likely originating in the tropical climates of Peru and Ecuador.

Marcos Jungebluth

Reviewer

Do sweet potato vines get flowers?

Edible sweet potato vines and some ornamental varieties bloom with flowers that resemble morning glories in shape, but some ornamental sweet potato vines do not flower, according to Missouri Botanical Garden.

Elisaveta Torborg

Reviewer

Are sweet potato vine leaves edible?

So, are sweet potato leaves edible? Yes, definitely! No matter what you call them – sweet potato leaves, camote tops or kamote tops – the vines are rich and flavorful, although like most greens they may be somewhat bitter. The leaves are prepared much like spinach or turnip greens.