Many would know I like to grow my sweet potatoes in grow bags with a frame.
Frames encourage the runners to grow up to maximize leaf growth for food use. The bags keep the spuds in one neat place for easy cropping and I found I crop just as many this way as I would if I let the plant loose in the beds to take up lots of space. Turn around is usually 4mths from propagating by leaf cutting to cropping.
See the original Blog detailing my early trials growing this way HERE.
Due to being busy and a bit lazy it has been left quite a bit longer this time. Not sure how long, maybe 8mths possibly longer. Time flies.
Bit the bullet this morning before it got too hot and emptied all three bags and replanted. This is the result.
I grow three types of SP - purple/white, white/purple and purple/purple.
The purple/white plant was looking the rattiest. The soil level inside the bag had reduced substantially and I didn't expect good results. What a surprise I got!
Some of the growth had escaped into surrounding soil and while retrieving the tubers I found a little nest of skink eggs which I carefully replace and buried again.
UPDATE: 19.10.15 I've cut a few of the purple/purple and they are all white inside. Not sure how this has happened as I usually crop one bag at a time and use the plant to create new cuttings immediately. Perhaps they have regressed?
The purple colouring inside the white is very pale also.
Thank you to Jeff M for providing this link to a very good ANNETTE MCFARLANE article on growing SP.
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