Help needed with growing sweet potatoes

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  1. tweacle

    tweacle Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi there

    I grew sweet potatoes this year in them grow bags that you can buy to grow normal potatoes in. The ones about 24 inches square and about 3-4 feet high .

    I had one or two decent size potatoes but they seem to be all curled up. Is this because there not enough room in the bags? I also had loads of really small stringy potatoes that look like they couldn't expand.

    Am I better off growing them in large pots?

    Thanks
     
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    pamsdish Total Gardener

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    if you could put your location @tweacle we could help more, I didn`t think sweet potatoes grew well in our U.K. ? climate, never looked into it much though.
     
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    • WeeTam

      WeeTam Total Gardener

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      Its just not warm enough for long enough in the UK ? Maybe it works in a polytunnel or large greenhouse thats heated in the spring and autumn.......
       
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        tweacle Apprentice Gardener

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        yeah sorry I was in the UK. I may try growing them next year in the greenhouse and see what happens.
         
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        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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        There are supposed to be varieties that are suitable to grow in the UK.
        I've never tried them myself so reserve judgement, but I tend to think you will always be struggling to provide enough heat and humidity for long enough.

        If you have ever tried water melons?
        Its a similar problem, cold nights mainly.
         
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