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    bushybushy
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    Has been a lot of chatter in other forums about best way to start sweet potatos, and all seem to be successful, but with a lot messing around using glasses of water, fertilser, blah, blah.I have found, well, missus bushy finds just cutting the end off a tuber that has started to shoot, throw it in the garden, wait a couple of weeks, there will be plenty of runners, cut off at about 100 to 200mm, snip off most leaves and almost completely bury it horizontaly, keep damp, I cover with straw and they will all grow. Easy as.

    #260224
    forestforest
    Member

    thanks Bushy. I’m just about to plant mine out. I did the tedious glass and water trick. I’ll remember your wife’s method.

    #260225
    LollyLolly
    Keymaster

    I love sweet potato but I don’t think I’ll be able to grow it here in Victoria.. what are the ideal conditions for kumera??

    #260226
    forestforest
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    lolly, you can grow it in frost-free climates but you need 4 – 6 months of warm weather for it to grow to full maturity. They grow well in composted soil with good drainage.

    #260227
    bushybushy
    Member

    I have friends who successfully grow the white (hardy) sweetpotato at the south coast NSW, where there is light frosts.

    #260228
    TullymoorTullymoor
    Member

    I’m gonna grow it whether it likes it or not!! 😉 We don’t get frost but it gets brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr cold.

    I have three of my bits shooting now and I talk to those liddle shoots and switch window sills throughout the day so they are in the sun, I drip water onto their tiny liddle leaves so as to make humidity happen, they are going to grow so help me!!

    The day i need to cut off the shoot and plant it I’m going to need my hand held LOL Maybe I will not cut it off but plant the whole thing….roots,shoots and all. Yeppers, that’s what I’ll do I reckon, just like Mrs Bushy.

    #260229
    forestforest
    Member

    Yeah, give it a go, Tully. There are microclimates in every garden. If you find a warm spot there is no reason why it wouldn’t grow.

    #260230
    bushybushy
    Member

    Tully, if you plant the tuber like we do, you still have to seperate the runners from the potato, but cut them above ground and plant elsewhere, otherwise production is poor. This way there is always a new supply of shoots every week. In your area I would try the thin, long white potato, don’t know the name.

    #260231
    TullymoorTullymoor
    Member

    So, Bushy, a piece of shoot? With no roots? The vine thingy? Ok, will give it a fly.

    We aren’t lucky enough to have tubers just sprout shoots willy nilly here…mustn’t be the climate…so, the old putting them in water is the only way that’s worked for me so far.

    Will get a pic of my shoot…I’m a proud mama :yes:

    #260232
    TullymoorTullymoor
    Member

    We had the planting-out ceremony this evening at around 6 pm 😀

    I took my trusty mattock to a bit of dirt about 2 foot square in the orchard, made a bit of a mound, placed the shoot, tuber, roots and all into the dirt (lovingly) watered well, mulched, watered again and then thought……. WABBITS!! If those wascally wabbits eat my shoot I’ll, well I’ll, I’ll be vewwy cwoss! So it’s now covered with a little wire cage.

    Grasshoppers are eating all my fruit trees and comfrey so they had better not get a whiff of it’s tender young shoot either…..can’t really make a gwasshopper-proof cage :@

    One sign of the tiniest nibble though and I’ll put a 3 litre plastic milk thingo over it I guess.

    #260233
    LeecyLeecy
    Member

    How does everyone else plant their sweet potatoes? I thought you could just put pieces of tuber into the ground like a potato?

    #260234
    TullymoorTullymoor
    Member

    You revive a thread from 2005 to ask that?? :lol::clap::lol:

    I was having trouble cos I lived in Port Fairy at the time. No probs sprouting and growing here :tup:

    #260235
    ChezzaChezza
    Participant

    😆

    ellice, PM osakasuz she has a very successful sweet potato crop and lives in Brissy as well… She’ll set you right!

    #260236

    Just keep a sweet potato , till it shoots. When the shoots are about 9 inches break them of at the potato and sit the shoots in a bowl of water till little roots become about a inch long, then simply plant out.

    On a side note, My sister once bought a home from a WW2 digger and in the back yard was a patch of sweet potato, the old guy was going into a home and asked if sister could try to keep the sweet potato as a living memerial, as it was a direct descendant of a crop that kept him and a few of his POW mates alive during his captivity on the Burma railroad.

    #260237
    ChezzaChezza
    Participant

    🙁 That is so sweet….

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