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looking for ipomoea batatas?

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Paula01-Apr-03 12:30 PM EST 3   
PatA01-Apr-03 01:59 PM EST 3a   
Jo-Anne05-Apr-03 10:24 AM EST 3   
jtwheeler3505-Apr-03 05:29 PM EST 5b   
bizan09-Apr-03 06:01 AM EST 6   

Subject: looking for ipomoea batatas?
From: Paula
Zone: 3
Date: 01-Apr-03 12:30 PM EST

Wnen I first logged onto this site, I read a message from a Linda S. from Calgary who was looking for sweet potatoe vine. It may have been a old message, but I thought I would send this info out anyway. Last spring, Eagle Lake Nurseries, just west of Calgary, had them for sale. But they sold out VERY fast.

Subject: RE: looking for ipomoea batatas?
From: PatA
Zone: 3a
Date: 01-Apr-03 01:59 PM EST

There are many varieties of sweet potato vine available. My favorite "Blackie" has deeply lobed leaves in a rich burgandy shade. Any greenhouse/garden centre that has interesting plant choices should have one or two types BUT... as Paula says shop early because they are popular. If you can't find them in Calgary (and you should at Edward's, Golden Acre, Green Gate, and Sunnyside) then I know for sure Parkland in Red Deer has them! :-)

Subject: RE: looking for ipomoea batatas?
From: Jo-Anne
Zone: 3
Date: 05-Apr-03 10:24 AM EST

Blackie, Black Heart and Lime Green are all available in the Sherwood Park area this year. Fantastic colors to liven up your containers and planting areas. Take a drive out to the 'Park', you won't be disappointed!

Subject: RE: looking for ipomoea batatas?
From: jtwheeler35
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Apr-03 05:29 PM EST

I love these plants - had one but it got a bug problem when I brought it inside in the fall. Is this an easy plant to start by seed? Can this be grown as a houseplant? If anyone has more info on this plant - please do tell! Not always lucky the first time, that's why we're all here right? JT

Subject: RE: looking for ipomoea batatas?
From: bizan (bizan@home.se)
Zone: 6
Date: 09-Apr-03 06:01 AM EST

Sweet potatoes isn't very common in Sweden but last year I bought one that were for eating. I planted it in a clay pot and it quickly came to life. It grew very fast and was soon too big for the flat, I had to place it on the balcony. It didn't get any flowers (don't know if it should have...) but it was fun and gave good shade. I've read that one should keep it in a dry, cool and dark place over winter but I didn't try so I don't know if it works.

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