One of the healthiest vegetables, Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals (including vitamin B6, calcium and iron) and virtually fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. Sweet potato has becoming a substitute for potatoes for dietary reasons.


How to grow sweet potato in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny or part shade spot in your garden with well-drained soil. Enrich with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
  2. Start plants from either cuttings or sweet potatoes (tubers).
    Cuttings: Bury soft tip cuttings directly to the prepared soil: 40 - 50 cm apart, 5 - 7 cm deep with 100 cm between rows.
    Tubers: Bury the tuber in a box of moist sand in a warm spot and when tubers shoot, place them in water to develop roots before planting.  
  3. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate for leaf harvesting, no additional fertiliser needed for tuber harvesting. 
  4. Harvest by digging up the tubers carefully in early winter when leaves turn yellow.

     
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How to grow sweet potato in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 300 mm deep and position in a sun or part shade. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.  Place cuttings or tubers into the potting mix 5 - 7 cm deep.
  2. Water regularly through summer to ensure good sized tubers. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Natural Fish Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate for leaf harvesting, no additional fertiliser needed for tuber harvesting. 
  3. Harvest by digging up the tubers carefully in early winter when leaves turn yellow.

Growing tips

  • Planting on a raised ridge makes for better drainage and easier harvesting. 
  • Cure fresh tubers in the sun for a few days before storage. 


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