Yackandandah Community garden has had the first frosts for 2017 this week. That means the sweet potatoes have now stopped growing and it is time to find out what we've grown this year.
At today's Garden Gathering we pulled up the vines and dug up the tubers. We noticed that the ones that were put in late had much smaller tubers so it looks like it is important to get these growing early and into the garden as soon as possible in spring if you want to get good yields.
Everyone took home cuttings of the 3 different sweet potatoes to grow some plants for next year.
You can grow sweet potato plants several different ways but we've had good results from cuttings which are very easy to do.
Just take a piece of stem
and cut into sections with 4-8 nodes (nodes are where the leaves grow,
cut off the lower leaves
and put the pieces into a jar of water.
If you are lucky you might even find a stem where roots have already started to grow. You can pop these into a jar of water or into potting mix.
Keep your cuttings inside where it is warm and keep topping up the water as it evaporates. You may need to change the water every now and again if it starts to go green.
The cuttings should produce roots in the water and will grow slowly through winter. When the ground has warmed up in spring your new sweet potato plants will be ready to plant into the garden.