Post by flowerweaver on Jan 23, 2014 15:29:57 GMT -5
I would be interested in trying the seeds. Sweet potatoes grow well here, but I haven't found one that tastes as good as I know they can be.
Last weekend a friend gave me two tubers (for slips) that come from Thailand. They are small and thin with orange flesh. He says they will have striking orange maple-like leaves and that in Thailand they use half the field for eating the leaves and the other half for eating the tubers. I'm quite intrigued. Does anyone know anything about this particular sweet potato?
Drip irrigated gardening in the arid southwest on a beautiful pile of alluvial rocks where the hill country meets the desert. It's a food desert, too: a 3 hour round trip to the grocery store.
Post by freeholder on Jan 26, 2014 12:41:31 GMT -5
I'd like to be on the list of interested persons, also, but like Steev, better put me at the bottom of the list. We are on the north side of his drought and I'm just hoping I can get anything at all to grow here this year. Regular potatoes grow here commercially, but it would sure be nice to have sweet potatoes, too.
High desert, 4,500' elevation; avg. 17" precipitation/year (nearly all in winter); can have hard frost in any month, usually 90 day growing season.
Kevin, you can put me on the bottom of the list with Steev and Freeholder. We've been in the proccess of relocating and with the house that we were after sold we have no idea were we are going to be in a few years.
I was just looking at the varieties offered today in my local produce market; so tempting to start some for slips, but premature, I know; normally not safe through May to set them out.
I'm contemplating buying cheap jug wine, which is about the only thing that still comes in glass gallon jugs, which I can cut for cloches, to protect this sort of cold-sensitive plants; plastic jugs are everywhere, but they'll blow off; I sure can't afford "real" glass cloches. Can't say I want to drink that (much) wine; I'm hoping to pawn it off on my house-mates. Hey! They get my fresh produce; they owe me!
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Kevin and others, found this journal article which might be of assistance "Self- and cross-incompatibilities in sweetpotato and their implications on breeding Australian Journal of Crop Science Volume 7 Issue 13 (Dec 2013) Gurmu, Fekadu1; Hussein, Shimelis2; Laing, Mark3
If you can't get access I can probably download it through my uni library. While I would love to grow sweet potato, I haven't got the water. So start a second list, 'Those who might just be interested at some unforseen time in the future', and put me at the bottom.
Read it throughout. Spray to increase humidity and hot temperatures is what I got out of it. Also, have a diverse number of varieties. The rest was explaining the genetics about self incompatibility and cross incompatibility.
Zone 10a, Garden year round but too hot in the summer for many things. Focusing on breeding my own landraces for drought tolerance and heat tolerance.
Last year, grew 5 varieties. Only O'Henry failed to produce blossoms. Beauregard and Georgia Jet had quite a few followed by Centennial and Covington. I went so far as hand-pollinate some blossoms and never saw a single seed. That seems to be an indication of why there are so few varieties available.