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Posted: Jan/15/2009 1:16 PM PST
Hi,everyone ! Hope you're having a nice beginning to '09.
Also hope someone knows the answer to this: I had sweet potatoes last summer, & took some cuttings to start a houseplant. it's doing well, & my husband suggested we start more plants this way, & put them in the garden next summer. Would this work? Can one grow them using this method?
Posted: Jan/15/2009 5:56 PM PST
Try reading this. Found it on the internet. Might help answer your question.
"Fall Tips for the Sweet Potato: Growing, Storage and Recipes
October 02, 2008 by Big Momma Big Momma Published Content: 352 Total Views: 238,435 Favorited By: 9 CPs Full Profile | Subscribe | Add to Favorites Recommend (1)Single page Font SizePost a comment The sweet potato is a southern favorite. Growing them in the garden is easy and recipes for the sweet potato abound. Here a few fall tips for those gardeners that enjoy growing the sweet potato, and recipes for those who don't grow them but just enjoy eating the sweet potato.
If you grew sweet potatoes in your garden and still have the sweet potato vine growing in your garden this fall, take some cuttings of the sweet potato vine and put them in water. When roots appear on the sweet potato vine cuttings, transplant them in pots at least 6 inches in diameter and put them in a south facing window for the remainder of the winter. By early spring, the cuttings from the sweet potato vine will have developed into vines themselves that you can take cuttings off of and root. The sweet potato vine cuttings you take this fall will give you several free sweet potato starter plants to set out in the garden come spring.
Sweet potatoes that you harvested from your garden this year can be stored all winter 'as is' for your culinary enjoyment. Start by handling the sweet potato gently so as not to bruise it. Cure the sweet potato for 10 days in a room that remains around 80 degrees, or for 20 days in a room that remains around 70 degrees. If you live in an area with cool fall temperatures requiring use of the furnace, place the sweet potatoes near the furnace for the curing days. In the south where fall temperatures are still in the 70's and 80's during the day, a sunny porch during the daytime can be used to cure the sweet potatoes, but you will have to bring them indoors when the night time temperatures drop or the sweet potato won't cure properly and will rot before winter ends.
What to do with all those yummy sweet potatoes? A sweet potato can be baked, boiled, mashed or fried. Served as a side dish or as ingredient in a dish. Anything an Idaho Russet potato can do, a sweet potato can do, sometimes even do it better.
It wouldn't be a Southern Thanksgiving dinner unless sweet potatoes adorned the table in some form. Sweet potato recipes are as diverse as the cooks. Candied yams, sweet potato soufflé', sweet potato pie or my favorite, fried sweet potatoes."