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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby giaur500 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:39 pm

Season end soon, so it's time to.summarize. That's how my plants look now:
https://youtu.be/2YSddfu0wpQ

Look at that large bulb, grown from slip. Purple variety. All of them grow on open space without any greenhouse.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby Colin2016 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:31 am

Growing them in cold frame as mentioned in earlier post was a failure, lots of green leaves on top just thin roots.

Had better result using buckets in the past.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby giaur500 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:53 am

Direct sunlight and warm soil are required. Otherwise it will always fail.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby Colin2016 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:48 pm

Had plenty of sunlight as was in centre of plot warm soil should have been ok as was inside a could frame that was on a raised bed.

Any idea what the temp the soil should be?
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby giaur500 » Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:30 pm

Ideally not less than 15 at night and 30-35 in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight recommend all day. In temperate climate zone you will never get too high temperature.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby Colin2016 » Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:24 am

Ok thanks giaur500
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby giaur500 » Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:58 am

Actually, I think soil temperature was even higher than 35 on sunny days. Unable to stand on it without shoes, as it almost sears foots. Not less than 45-50 degree at the noontime. Of course, it's on the surface, layers located deeper won't be so hot.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby Stephen » Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:32 pm

Actually, I think soil temperature was even higher than 35 on sunny days. Unable to stand on it without shoes, as it almost sears foots. Not less than 45-50 degree at the noontime. Of course, it's on the surface, layers located deeper won't be so hot.

I'm sure I haven't experienced soil temperatures that hot in the UK, but tarmac, concrete, stone and other hard surfaces certainly. Howmuch this is actual temperature or to do with mass contact i'm not certain.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby Westi » Fri Oct 02, 2020 7:14 pm

Mine are growing away nicely in the tunnel & just thinking of taking over the place. So far the temp is staying up & hitting the low 30's day time and generally around 16 - 18 overnight but the odd night a bit lower. As they did not approve of being disturbed, they are late so I will just let them do their thing as long as possible while the temp & light levels hold. The outside temp looks pretty stable for the next fortnight so fingers crossed. I don't mind if they are not as big as last year anyway as I had to find a couple of ways to use just the one potato as they were so huge. Although they did tolerate being cut in half & covered for a couple of days but they do dry out quite quickly from the cut end so really only have a few days.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby giaur500 » Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:47 pm

New generation:
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I will try to keep it indoors all winter and keep it alive. Now it grows outdoor
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby giaur500 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:50 pm

Purple:
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Orange:
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White:
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White planted almost 2 months later than purples (at the middle of June, slips directly planted outdoors). White variety grows fastest. Onle one of them harvested, I will let the rest I own to grow to first frost.

Not bad overall, except some of purples decayed due to huge rainfall and very wet soil.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby Stephen » Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:47 pm

Impressive harvest.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby retropants » Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:15 pm

Most impressive!
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby Westi » Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:45 pm

Some monsters in there!

Mine are hanging on and still growing. The vine is right across the back of the tunnel in the bed opposite. I have only ever tried the orange ones as do enjoy the flavour of them. Can you explain the taste difference giaur? Mind I don't think I have seen the white ones available anyway but just out of interest.
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Re: Saving Sweet Potato

Postby giaur500 » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:01 pm

Well, flavor is similar. Purple variety is denser and drier than orange and also aroma is different. And you need to cook it longer. White variety is similar to orange, but without aroma specic to regular orange variety. And it's also less sweet and a bit drier too.

In my opinion, orange variety has the best flavor. But as I heard, purple one is most healthy. Purple sweet potatos are available sometimes in the market (in my country, Carrefour offfers them, double price in compare to orange ones). White are very rare, I've seen them only one time. But apparently, white variety is mos easy to grow in colder climate zones. So I'm going to plant them again, as success is guaranted - freee air, without any tunnel or greenhouse, more harvested from one plant than regular potatoes and no pests on them.
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