The Great sweet potato experiment! 2010

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #45 on: February 21, 2010, 15:17 »
I have a root  :D

Unfortunately I also seem to have a kinda furry growth too, anyone else got that?

lightinglad, i've had my ginger suspended in water for a few weeks, nothing happening yet so I've moved that to a warmer window cill.

I think ginger grows quite differently. I have aslways planted it in damp sandy soil and jkept it warm, Then new long bud bits grow into stems/leaves and more rooty tuber grows too, which you can use  :D
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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #46 on: February 21, 2010, 17:02 »

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I think ginger grows quite differently. I have aslways planted it in damp sandy soil and jkept it warm, Then new long bud bits grow into stems/leaves and more rooty tuber grows too, which you can use  :D
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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #47 on: February 21, 2010, 19:58 »
I think ginger grows quite differently. I have aslways planted it in damp sandy soil and jkept it warm, Then new long bud bits grow into stems/leaves and more rooty tuber grows too, which you can use  :D

As far as I've been reading, it is possible to start ginger off in water.  I'm away to read up on it again as you've got me doubting myself  ???


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Anyone grow Sweat Potatoe last year
« Reply #48 on: March 01, 2010, 19:34 »
Did anyone have a bash at growing Sweat Potatoe's last year??  I tried with some in the Pollytunnel but they did nothing.  Anyone else have a result with them ??

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Re: Anyone grow Sweat Potatoe last year
« Reply #49 on: March 01, 2010, 19:42 »
Did anyone have a bash at growing Sweat Potatoe's last year??  I tried with some in the Pollytunnel but they did nothing.  Anyone else have a result with them ??

There certainly was a thread about it last year but I don't remember reading any results.

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #50 on: March 15, 2010, 08:25 »
Hooray!  I've got roots!! (just!) :D

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #51 on: March 15, 2010, 09:11 »
That's great Dee0  :) Mine seem to have stalled so I've started another one, just in case.

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #52 on: March 15, 2010, 09:21 »
Got some roots but very thin.  like strands of cotton..anyone think I should risk potting them up?

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #53 on: March 15, 2010, 09:33 »
Got some roots but very thin.  like strands of cotton..anyone think I should risk potting them up?

Do you have slips growing at the top of the potato?  These are what you pot up.

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #54 on: March 15, 2010, 14:13 »
I've had roots on mine for about a month now and im getting eyes on mine too.

What do i do next?

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #55 on: March 15, 2010, 15:08 »
Wait for those eyes to turn into sprouts. When they get 2 full sets of leaves on them, you then pinch off that whole stem off the potato and pot up that stem. That is where the new sweet potatoes come from, not the actual potato you took it from.
Roots at the bottom of the potato simply mean new shoots will soon appear. It's hard for regular potato growers to realize that you simply can't plant out the potato itself and get a crop as you do with regular potatoes.
And when you do pot up the stems, you'll need to keep it warm as in a house or heated greenhouse. The plant needs about 120 warm days to produce a crop.  :D

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #56 on: March 15, 2010, 18:16 »
Horray I have roots and definite signs of green/purple growth!

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #57 on: March 16, 2010, 20:44 »
Nothing green/purple yet tho there is a bit of fluffy mould (?) under the water too. Should I wash it off or just let it get on with it?

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #58 on: March 16, 2010, 21:50 »
I've got thin roots and cloudy water  :(, but no shoots/growth. It'll be 3 weeks on the 20th since I started, should I be worried??

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Re: The Great sweet potato experiment!
« Reply #59 on: March 16, 2010, 21:54 »
Are the shoots purple as they start? Looks like mine might be about to produce its first shoot if so. Yay!  :)

Took about 2 1/2 weeks for the first roots to appear and now just over 4 for the first signs of growth.



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