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Growing Sweet Potato, also Kumara

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07 May 17 Carol (Australia - temperate climate)
It is may and we have harvested some sweet potatoes - what I want to know is can I plant any of these smaller potatoes (as one would with seed potatoes) and let them grow through Winter? we have no frosts, or do I have to begine the plant again in Nov from a sprouting? I am just thinking it would seem good to take the smaller potato and plant in a new bed thro winder for an earlier crop?
07 May 17 Jonno (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
There is no reason why you couldn't save and plant the small tubers. They may not grow much in the cooler weather and you would need to ensure the soil is well drained so that they do not rot. Sweet potatoes are mostly grown from cuttings for ease and speed.
18 May 17 Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live in Bundaberg (summer low 20's to low 30's C and winter low 10's to low 20's C - does get down to 4-6 a few nights)- now the sweet potato capital of Aussie. Sweet potatoes are planted all year round here. Quite often we see people in a sweet potato patch picking cuttings or runners to plant a new block of SP. I haven't seen the runners but I think if you plant it and keep it watered it will start making roots in a few days. Plenty of SP being planted now.
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