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    Quote Originally Posted by lottieguy View Post
    Hi Ya, Vince G, hope you are ok I garden and not far from your area. You say about the sweet spuds have you had much success? I have tried for 3 years with very limited results. I am trying again this season but not sure what to do now. I have tried in the greenhouse border, under black plastic down the plot and in tubs all with limited results. How do you grow yours? It would be appreciated for any additional advice. I could try in pots in the greenhouse as I konw they need warmth. I am trying beauregard again but what variety do you use? cheers
    Hi lottieguy, not far from me at all! Used to go to Great Bricett occasionally as I knew someone with their own snooker table out there, not been for many years though.

    As regards the sweet potatoes, I got 6 beauregard slips from (I think) Dobies. 1 died before it went in the ground, 1 died after being planted and 1 produced no potatoes at all. The other 3 produced plenty though, and the pic attached was the pots from the best plant. So it was far from plain sailing, but I got enough.

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    I planted mine in a sunny spot in the lottie, no black plastic or anything. Watered regularly as the soil at the lottie is quite sandy, so maybe your soil is a bit heavy? Other than that it doesn't sound as though you're doing much wrong, but they're not easy.
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    They look like a plate of entrails.
    I'd be chuffed if I grew those.
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    ha ha ha, you're right VC. I could've arrange those a little better on the tray.

    Apparently they get sweeter if you store them a while, but with Mrs G about they didn't get the chance!
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    Have planted the slips in pots. Should I leave them inside rather than putting in the greenhouse during the day? It does get really hot in there. I could leave inside although the pots are too big for the windowsill so wouldn’t be getting direct sun. Am hoping once we get past this weekend it might be warm enough to get them out. Have got the black plastic down on the bed.

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    I'd vote for keeping the slips inside in the warm for now - the fist priority is to get some roots established, constantly warm compost is going to be the best way to do that.

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    Oh dear the slips are not looking happy. Hoping they will perk up but at moment are wilting and leaves are curling up.

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    So update from the April post. 4 of the 5 slips slowly died having never grown any roots. One survived and I planted it out after much coddling. It is looking very healthy I think although very low to the ground. Says on the advice I got with the slips that it would be ready in about 120 days which would take me til the end of this month. I have no idea though if there are signs I should be looking for that it’s ready though. I only know about normal potatoes and it seems so different. Any advice ?

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    The longer you leave them the more the tubers can bulk up. When did you actually put it into the ground? I put mine in the ground at the end of June. 120 days would give me till the end of October but I'll be leaving them as long as I can to harvest. I don't count the time in the pot as there isn't space for the roots to grow in there.

    I've only grown them once before in a potato bag in the green house. They only produced thin tubers not much thicker than normal roots - I think that they didn't get enough water. Turned out I picked the best year to plant them outdoors, they are supposed to like it hot. Bed is mulched and kept well watered.

    The advice I've seen often says leave till the first light frosts blacken the leaves.

    How much has yours vined? Do you know the tips can be cooked like spinach?

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