Golden Sweet Potato Vine Plant Live | Ornamental Hanging Plant | Ipomoea Batatas (Golden)
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Original price Rs. 189.00
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- Common name:
- Golden Sweet Potato
- Groundcovers, Vegetable
- Convolvulaceae or Morning glory family
Golden sweet potatoes, also known as Ipomoea batatas 'Golden', are a delicious and nutritious variety of sweet potato, known for their golden-yellow flesh and skin. They are a versatile and easy-to-grow crop, providing numerous health benefits.
- Choosing the right location: Golden sweet potatoes thrive in well-draining, loose soil and require at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Choose a location with these conditions for optimal growth.
- Soil preparation: Amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure to improve fertility and drainage. The ideal soil pH is between 5.8 and 6.5.
- Timing: Plant golden sweet potatoes after the last frost when soil temperatures reach at least 60°F (16°C). In most regions, this will be between April and June.
- Planting method: Plant slips (young sweet potato plants) or vine cuttings about 12-18 inches apart, in rows 3-4 feet apart. Bury the slip or cutting about halfway in the soil, ensuring the leaves are above the ground.
- Watering: Golden sweet potatoes require consistent moisture. Water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.
- Fertilizing: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer at planting, and side-dress with additional fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Avoid excessive nitrogen, as this can lead to excessive vine growth and reduced tuber production.
- Weeding: Keep the area around the plants weed-free to reduce competition for nutrients and water.
- Pest and disease control: Monitor plants for common pests like sweet potato weevils, whiteflies, and aphids. Employ organic or chemical control methods as needed. Practice crop rotation to reduce disease incidence.
- Hilling: As the vines grow, hill up soil around the base of the plants to encourage tuber development and prevent exposure to sunlight.
- Pruning: Prune any excessive vine growth to redirect energy towards tuber development.
- Harvesting: Harvest golden sweet potatoes 100-120 days after planting when the leaves begin to yellow. Dig carefully to avoid damaging the tubers.
- Nutritional value: Golden sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber, making them a nutritious addition to any diet.
- Culinary versatility: Golden sweet potatoes can be used in a variety of dishes, including baked, mashed, roasted, or as a healthy substitute for traditional potatoes.
- Easy to grow: With minimal care and attention, golden sweet potatoes can provide a bountiful harvest in most garden settings.
- Storage: Properly cured and stored, golden sweet potatoes can last several months, providing a long-lasting food source.