How quickly time passes by. It seems like we were just planting tomatoes and now we are harvesting the crop. The same is for cucumber, peppers, corn and squash. The spring warm season crops are producing and many will be finishing their harvests soon. So, it is now time for sweet potatoes.
Actually I hope you have started your crop. It could be as simple as in a glass of water. You can take a store potato and sit one end in water and let the rest produce shoots. You can also plant the potato in a container of soil and harvest the shoots. Or you can buy the transplants at your garden center. Now here are the steps to good production.
- Plant in a prepared garden site.
- Use the transplants or snap off shoots from the sprouting potatoes.
- Plant them with the bottom end of the stem 3 to 4 inches deep in the garden soil.
- Keep them moist and if you can shade them with a palm frond or piece of cardboard during the heat of the day for a few days.
- Continue to keep the soil moist and feed monthly with a general garden fertilizer.
- Control weeds as needed.
Insects are few with sweet potatoes but sometimes caterpillars can be damaging to the foliage. Only if they are a major pest would an insecticide be needed. Normally these are care free plants that can take the heat and even a little drought. Normally in 100 to 120 days you see the ground swell and you can feel down for the potatoes. If they are a size you like, they are ready to dig and eat.
Now that was simple --- Right? Post a comment to let us know how you grow your sweet potatoes.