- The name is slightly misleading as sweet potatoes are not actually potatoes.
- When growing sweet potatoes space is key, they need a lot of room to sprawl out as they are very large plants.
- Sweet potatoes will grow best in rich fertile soil that is well draining to prevent any rot.
- Sweet potatoes should be grow from rooted cuttings known as slips rather than starting from seed.
- Wait for the soil to warm up before planting out. In a cooler climate it may be worth waiting until at least late May before sowing.
- Plant the slips at 5-8cm deep and 45cm apart.
- Sweet potatoes will always grow best in deep and fertile soil that retains moisture without being waterlogged.
- I like to use a watering device called an olla to get the water to the roots, the same outcome can be achieved by burring a bottle into the soil with holes in the bottom of the bottle
- Sweet potatoes respond well to heat, for the best harvests good summer weather is key.
- If sown in May/June they should be ready around September.
- Make sure to harvest before any risk of frost.
- When the leaves turn yellow this is the time to lift your potatoes