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Growing Sweet Potato, also Kumara

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • Plant shoots or cuttings (Slips). Best planted at soil temperatures between 63°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 16 - 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 15-17 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best in Separate bed

Your comments and tips

31 May 09, Meredith.Baillie (Australia - temperate climate)
I am also wanting to find New Zealand Kumera. The purple one..(they are really delicious). As you cannot, as far as I know buy the tubers here in Australia, would anyone know where I could buy the seeds?
26 Jul 10, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
There are no seeds to grow kumara. To get nz kumara one can buy the kumara but there are no seeds
28 Jul 10, Phil (Australia - temperate climate)
If you cut the eye end off a kumera or sweet potato you can grow a new plant from this. Just as with regular potatoes.
21 Jun 09, elly (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi I have had my sweet potato in the ground for about 6 mth, and it has rained non stop since Feb. Will they be ok? how do I know when to harvest?
24 Jul 09, Mel (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
I'm looking for Maori potatoes in the UK can anyone suggest a source please ? Thanks
26 Jul 09, Barry Hayes (Australia - temperate climate)
For Meredith. The purple sweet potato appears in asian grocery/veg shops when in season. Keep watch. If you break off the stalk when nobody is looking you'll see the purple. I agree - they're the best variety. Put the ends (about 2") in a box on some potting mix, cover with damp potting mix to about 3" and put in a warm place for 3 weeks. They'll shoot. Break the shoots off and plant them - or cut a bit of the spud off with the shoots. Good luck. P.S. They hate frost and cold wind. Put wind guards around them until it warms up.
31 Jul 09, Santy Bruwr (Canberra) (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Does anyone know where I can buy them in Canberra? I will check at our Asian grocery/veg shop.. but I have not seen any in Australia.. and nothing beats the taste... will buy if anyone has stock pleez - just not possible to get it here from NZ
28 Sep 10, Lana (Canberra) (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi Santy, The fresh food markets (belconnen markets and fyshwick markets) have sweet potato. Most often they only stock the orange variety, but I have seen white and purple (purple skin, white flesh) there also. I am going to try to grow them this year, but keep in mind that they are not really suited to our climate!
10 Feb 10, Sandra Rowland (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
Is it possible to grow sweet potatoes in the uk?
01 Jan 13, Jane (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
I didn't think so, but I read on the blog of a Canadian gardener how she had a massive crop last summer, so I'll have a try this year. She cut the sweet potato in half and suspended it with the end in water until it grew shoots, then twisted the shoots off and planted them once all danger of frost was past. She also warmed the soil with black plastic.
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