Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:29 pm
Don't really know about sweet potatoes. But here in central Missouri - it was an unseasonably cool summer. 10th coldest on record. Garden crops requiring a lot of heat did nothing or very poorly.
Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:58 am
I don't know why Bill but I don't think our New England climate is right for growing them. I am sure someone else will give you more info.
Mon Sep 28, 2009 7:34 am
Bill, check with your county extension office, they will have info to help, and may send someone out to check your soil.
Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:46 pm
Bill, My neighbor mulches them with black plastic, to heat the soil. He has good success. Ed
Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:18 pm
We do great on Staten Island with Sweets. To get starter plants suspend one with tooth plants in water. Sprouts will start and eventually you can plant the sprouts. Some of our southern friends leave some in the ground from this year to set new plants for next year. Do a search on sweet potatoes. We had quite a session on them last spring.
Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:50 am
We plant and harvest about 2 acres of sweet taters every year. You can make you a bed by placing the whole potatoe in a boxed area and covering with a mix of potting soil and dirt. lay them close almost touching. We have ours on a wagon and can move it from sun to shade. We cover it with old windows to make it warmer so they will sprout. We get all the plants we need from a bushel of taters.
Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:31 pm
The problem I found with ordering plants , is that they wont send them out early enough so they have time to make a crop,---most sweets are 100 to 110 day crop, so they require a long HOT season to do well, also dry season helps too,--at least here in Il., thats what I found.
if you start your own plants, you can force them with heat to get them to start sprouting early,---then plant in the ground early and cover them with a tile, cone, hotcap, etc.
If you use plastic, be sure to take it up when good hot weather comes, as it will make the ground underneath really nasty and the plants will get stunted for the lack of air and the ground will stay too wet for them. thanks; sonny
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