Sweet potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes

    Posted by LittleHouseOnTheHill on October 6, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Not completely gardening related but in a round about way!

    We had the chance to purchase a 40 lb box of sweet potatoes. We just cant grow enough for our family here in our small space.

    Nonetheless, pretty sure they were washed(super clean looking). Will they still cure?

    PWDOhioRaptureReady replied 10 months, 1 week ago 11 Members · 12 Replies
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  • Bluesky63

    October 7, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    Yes. Washing has no effect on the curing process. Everything I read says that the potatoes will not keep as long when washed; I’m not sure. I have lots of clay in my soil, so the sweet potatoes have a lot of dirt/mud on them when dug. So I always wash them to get off the worst. They don’t keep well going into Spring, but some do and I usually have enough to make “starts” for the next year. I think most of my storage problem is the room is too warm until the weather cools. Mid-Missouri Zone6A

    • LittleHouseOnTheHill

      October 10, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you for your input! Husband and I were discussing it and think we may put them in extra fridge downstairs. I think they will keep much longer. Going to lay out to dry for a while before trying it. He of course has gifted a lot. I may try to go up mountain and get another box before its to late. I prefer them over russet any day!

    • BentNeedle

      October 10, 2022 at 6:16 pm

      I bought a small bag from the supermarket and while I was trying to figure out a location to store them through the winter, they sprouted on the kitchen counter. So, they are now planted in the greenhouse where it’s still very warm (zone 8a). Obviously, wrong season for a crop but shouldn’t they produce some vines that I can keep alive through the winter and root them in the spring? Total newbie here when it comes to sweet potatoes.

  • Tiny_Little_Homestead

    October 10, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Hey there,

    Im new to sweet potatoes. When do I harvest??? lol I threw a bunch of sprouting sweets, purple sweets and white, from my pantry and they took off. Just not sure when to harvest. Im in TN

    • MamaLlama

      October 11, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      Exactly my question too. This was my first time growing sweet potatoe slips and planting them. I just bet you watched those vines grow as did I, and wonder just what was under there. From Watching the u-tube channel of Danny and Wanda on Deep South Homestead, I realized it can be all about the temperatures of your soil. I’m a Zone 6 so we have very hot dry summers 3 digits and long cold winters beginning after thanksgiving to January. With 8 slips planted in 2 areas of our garden boxes, I found they love direct sun most. Those in a planter box blocked by a Trumpet plant didn’t fair so well. Evening temps dropped to 55 a couple of times, so I dug them out then. I got about 10-15 lbs my first time. Not too bad. They are also, in the coolest area of our house, not washed.

      • Tiny_Little_Homestead

        October 14, 2022 at 4:09 am

        Wow! That is a lot of potatoes. I am still looking at the pretty vines and blooms. I just heard I am supposed to wait til the first killing frost??

    • FaithfulAcre

      October 17, 2022 at 5:13 am

      I harvest my sweet potatoes around 120-150 days after planting. They need to be out of the ground before any freeze.

  • Canningnana

    October 17, 2022 at 4:30 am

    II would like to try sweet potatoes. Last fall I canned store bought from Aldis. They went fast

  • 1Blessedgirl

    October 31, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Hey yall…..Yep Danny really is the King of Sweet potatoes & Actually offers a Sweet potato Growing manual on the Deep South Homestead Etsy shop! I’m a FIRM Believer in Learning from those Doing it right! Have a Fabulously Blessed Harvest on your next round of Sweet potatoes!

  • SquashDaddy

    October 31, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Love sweet potato’s!

  • leslienky

    November 24, 2022 at 12:31 am

    I love sweet potatoes. Not too successful in growing though. But my problem is storage. They don’t last too long. I have canned a lot of sweet potatoes this year. I find that it is super easy to open a jar and prep the potatoes for their next step. Planning to use some for a sweet potato pie tomorrow. It is like food prepping to the next level.

  • PWDOhioRaptureReady

    November 27, 2022 at 3:07 am

    We grew some sweet potatoes this summer and am hoping that they will store well in our basement cold room. I have thought about canning some, but thus far have not canned sweet potatoes. We leave the dirt on our potatoes when we dig them up.

    We have turned off the heating ducts in the basement and we have an insulated room that is vented to outside (we can open and close the vent. We grew what has been called above ground sweet potatoes, it is a variety of a winter squash that we have never grown before, they are huge! We have never tried to winter squash.

    We are in zone 6, SW Ohio.

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