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Do any members have experience in growing Hawaiian sweet Potatoes.  Do they roam or climb, do you cut to control growth. If not can they grow upwards. Any help appreciated.

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Is it one of the purple ones Christa? They all grow much the same.

You can grow them in containers with a frame to maximise leaf growth (for cooking and tuber production) and have your harvest all in one place.

Have a look at this BLOG. It might give you some ideas.

Thanks Lissa, I have some of these bags and will plant them and see what happens.  They are the ones with white skins and purple flesh.

Nice tatie that one. Probably my favourite.

They will grow up a frame or just hang down if you've an elevated pot. They love the sun, prefer summer to grow but will grow over winter if they're in a sunny spot. Hawaiians are my favourites, too!

I will try and put some high on a rack and see what happens. Anything that colour has to be good for you.      I have also purchased some other weird fruit on auction site and will take a chance with these they are not native - strawberry goosefoot and Saskatoon serviceberry, paper mulberry.

Don't you love trying new plants :)

Saskatoon Serviceberry - Fruit very sweet and palatable. Suckers and clumps. Can grow very tall.

Paper Mulberry - Can grow very tall. The species is dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate plants...extra large leaves, soft on one side, rough on the other, is also a common source of woodland toilet paper. The fruit is sweet, juicy and fragile.

Strawberry Goosefoot - I grow this one as Strawberry Spinach. The plants are doing well but I'm still waiting for any sign of the "strawberries".

These are seeds and my record in the past with seeds is pot luck.

A section of a store bought  one sprouted so I planted it out yesterday. I also dug up a couple of metres of another variety I had growing along a shaded  fence.

I grew these with neglect in mind and it seems they've done  no worse than those I fretted over in a bathtub. (The spuds were in a bathtub -- not I: I wasn't submerged, naked and worrying.)

Is it the water, the Nitrogen, the state of the loam....? They're on my challenges bucket list. 

Well worth the effort I reckon because there are few conveniences like simply going outback any time of the year and digging up a sweet potato for tea. 

So I created this stupendous mound, stuck a terracotta pot in the middle of it and planted my sprout there. Sweet potatoes you can buy anywhere nowadays but the purples are rare and more expensive.

FYI: this site is great value re growing sweet p: Tropical Permaculture.

I so wish we'd use the Maori/NZ word  -- kumera -- in this country as the nomenclature is distracting. As it is the 'Hawaiian' tag for the purple is stolen from the original source, Okinawa, as this particular kumera journeyed across the pacific to China (via Portuguese sailing ships), then Japan -- then Okinawa where it was celebrated and became a diet mainstay akin to the Irish and their tatties --before being carried eastwards by migrating Japanese labourers to Hawaii in the 19th century.

When you think other varieties were ported westwards from Latin America to the Pacific Islands and Micronesia by Polynesian sailors --who had journeyed east then west-- you gotta respect these humble plants.

It sounds like a well travelled kumera, Dave.  I believe they are very high in Vitamin A and other nutrients. Let's hope these purple fleshed ones are tasty.  That tropical permaculture site  is quite helpful.

Almost any sweet potato other than those ubiquitous 'gold' (aka Beauregard) are tastier and worthwhile growing. At least 'Hawaiian' and the purple/purple one (forget its name) taste like sweet potatoes.

When my dad grew them in Sydney, there was a Hawkesbury Ag College variety possibly called Hawkesbury Gold (and maybe not!). It was sweet, dry and so delicious. Seems to have disappeared from the available plants. Must have been developed for cooler conditions (I'm guessing here) and would be good for winter growing.

If anyone has seen a yellow-fleshed sweet potato, I'd love to know about it.

There must be a variety for every village on every island you'd think yet we grow 1 variety commercially and have a whole 2 more available.

There are many varieties of kumera. As of 2013, there are approximately 7,000 sweet potato cultivars world wide! 

Heres' a picture gallery of a few.

Unfortunately the Americans breed for sweetness which isn't my preferred take. 
The Hawaiian has a crisp nutty flavour and carries less moisture than the Beauregard. It holds its shape more and is crisper when baked at a heat. Its' not a good musher -- if that's your poison. 

A couple of years back I was growing 4 or 5 varieties -- but not very well. It's still a work in progress.

Now I seem stuck with the one reliable despite my hopes.

Images of various cultivars.

Yesterday's harvest here.Purple skin/white flesh. All smallish. What neglect will get you from  SP.Keeps well. But this is the one that has survived in my patch.

Potatoes do better. Take less time to grow to harvest. And are more productive.

For tea, we're having Moroccan style lamb shanks with kumera ...

This comes under the 'Whatever Grabs You' heading. Sweet Pots have performed well for me when I put them in their favoured spots. Where ordinary Potatoes are shy at best. In the summer, 3-4 months to harvest.


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