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looking for hardy sweet potato varieties and yacon

 
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Have tons of seeds to trade if anyone can help me out. Also soon cuttings of tropical greens and other interesting species. Will make up a list soon of available stuff.
 
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Derrick Clausen wrote:Have tons of seeds to trade if anyone can help me out. Also soon cuttings of tropical greens and other interesting species. Will make up a list soon of available stuff.



I wondered if by 'hardy' you mean able to withstand cold or harsh conditions or easily propagated, etc?
I have some cut leaf sweet potatoes that I have been growing for maybe fifteen years now...saving the potatoes and growing new sprouts....they are hardy in that sense

It might help if you could share at least an approximate location and climate?



 
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Hello! Thanks for replying!

Not hardy as in cold hardy but as in vigorous producer and grower. I eat and like the leaves as much as the tuber itself.

I'm located in the FL panhandle near Panama City. Shouldn't be a bad spot to grow them here. Big fan of unusual leaf shapes and tuber colors.

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I have shared these locally for years but I'm not sure about shipping out of the area?  
Besides occasional vole damage, there are some small tunnels in some, not all, that I haven't ID'd yet...it doesn't look exactly like wire worm, and the damage is minor.  

Here's a link to my thread about this variety sweet potato propagation and harvest!!!
and link to pictures of last falls best ever harvest... https://permies.com/t/17569/sweet-potato-propagation-harvest#600772

I'm wondering if sending some slips themselves would be better than sending a potato and risk spreading an insect?
 
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing your posts. Looks like that variety does pretty well for you. If I hadn't broken my last phone I'd share pics of my harvests from past years. Cold here this year was extreme compared to usual and killed the potted slips I saved before winter this year for the types I had. Could always buy store bought taters to make slips with but like the idea of unusual variety.

I don't know about your pest issue. Would figure your correct though. Sending slips is probably wiser. I only have seeds really to trade at this moment but many plants are starting to pop right now so within a few weeks variety of cuttings will be available.
 
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I'm willing to try sending three or four slips to you in awhile if you like.  

I have them started way too early this year so some are approaching ready and I don't plant until late april.  I wonder if rooted or unrooted would be best? I usually cut them off the potato when they are the right length and put in a jar of water to root for a week or so...I think the ones folks buy as slips are unrooted but don't really remember for sure.

I think maybe a little priority mail box with some moisture might work? maybe a bag to keep the box dry...I'll think about it.

I have tried the greens on these and didn't like them...later I heard that they needed par boiling?
They make a great ground cover under bordering plants.
Last year was the first year I remembered to add a stake where I planted...makes a huge difference when it comes time to dig them as I tend to poke them in the ground where ever there's space.

 
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Up to you just let me know. No worries rooted or unrooted if so. Sweet potato is easy to root like you said in water.

When I eat the greens they are usually well cooked first. Never tried any in mass very fresh due to the white sap just in case though I know they are safe. Often cooked them into sauteed mixed greens or curries etc.

Got a fresh hugel mound to experiment with this season. Did very well with sweet potato in the past in hugel or compost gardens. Gonna plant lots of random stuff into the mounds. Put a few Seminole pumpkin, yard long bean, and pigeon pea around the edges. Other things will find its way in there soon too!
 
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