The picture posted here was taken today with my smartphone. I'm excited to see how well they do this late in the season, and will definitely be doing some research into this, but if you have any information to share, please do post them in the comments section below. Thanks! :-)
Near the beginning of the summer season, I had planted a handful of slips from a couple of organic sweet potatoes that had sprouted in my pantry closet. Of the several that were planted, only two plants survived.
It's been great watching them grow and flourish. I especially love seeing the pretty white and purple flowers that look a little like morning glories. I have another organic sweet potato that is sprouting in the pantry closet that I'm going to try to grow as an indoor houseplant.
The only problem I've had with growing them is that something is eating at the leaves. Overall, the plants are very healthy, there's just several holes scattered throughout the leaves. I'm still trying to figure out what is causing it--some type of insect would be my guess--and a safe, organic method to resolve the situation.
According to various resources, the best time to harvest sweet potatoes is when the leaves start to die back--usually around October. Many of the websites I came across reiterated the same information reprinted from Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening; however, there is some really useful information that I found on VeggieHarvest.com that you can read for yourself.
That's all I have for today. In my next post, I'll share the results of my experiments with getting chrysanthemum and African violet plant cuttings to root in water, along with any other horticultural updates.
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Happy digging! :-)
~ Dirt Momma