Growing Calendar for Purple Sweet Potato Molokai x5 Slips
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Be the first to grow this purple sweet potato in the UK. Originating from Hawaii you’ll get that exotic flavour when you add this nutritious yam-like carbohydrate to your meals. A mid-season variety harvest extra-long sweet potatoes easy to peel and cut from August and into September.
Harvest these generous-sized and extra nutritious sweet potatoes. Significantly higher in antioxidants that the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, this variety keeps you young-looking and young at heart.
Enjoy the sweet, creamy flesh which gives a nutty flavour when you mash, boil or steam it. Postition sweet potato Purple Molokai in a sunny position in spring in rich soil to cover the roots of the slips only. Plant next to a wall to train up stems or allow to clamber loosely over pots or on the soil surface where the leaves will cut out the light for emerging leaves.
We recommend that you water daily throughout the growing season. Just grow them on in a sunny position and they’ll reward you with handsome harvests in late summer.
On arrival the slips may look withered. Do NOT worry!
Pop your slips into a jar of water so all the stem is covered up to the leaves, placing in a light warm room. Leave them in this state for at least a week until roots have started to form from the base of the stems. Add fresh water daily in order to keep the slips healthy and stop the water from turning sour.
Once the roots have developed, carefully plant the whole slip individually. Mostly fill a 9cm pot and lightly firm the compost before curling the stem around the pot and placing on compost surface, topping with compost so that the stem is covered leaving just the base of the leaves protruding. Water and keep warm. Allow the plants to establish root systems within the pots before planting on into their final container this typically takes around 3 weeks.
Sweet Potatoes require high temperatures and plenty of space to produce good yields. In the UK they are best planted in poly tunnels or greenhouses, however in a warm sheltered outdoor spot they can thrive. In order to increase the productivity of the plants try covering the beds in black polythene and planting through in order to increase temperature, or planting in black 30cm containers. Fleece and Cloches can also help.
Sweet Potatoes prefer full sun on well-draining fertile soil. Plant 30cm (12”) apart and leave at least 75cm (30”) between rows. Alternatively they can be grown in containers or patio grow bags.
Water regularly and feed every few weeks with a multi-purpose fertilizer. Sweet Potatoes are vigorous with sprawling stems that can be tied onto a trellis or strings if desired.
Approximately 12-16 weeks after planting, the foliage will start to turn yellow and die back… now it is time to start harvesting. The tubers can be left in the ground longer if you desire larger potatoes.
Ensure that all tubers are lifted before the first frosts.
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