What Does a Potato Plant Look Like?

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A potato plant is generally a sprawling, bushy, dark green plant that grows much like a vine a blossoms tiny pale-blue flowers. Identify a potato plant with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on garden and lawn care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to talk about what does a potato plant look like? Now, potato plants are in the Ipomoea family, and that's related to morning glory, so they're a vine, believe it or not, and so when they grow, you can just start a potato. As long as you've got a piece of eye, you can chop part of that off, and you'll plant it and it'll make a vine. And it needs to grab onto a trellis, a fence, a little teepee, a stick, anything, and then the vine will grow really lush, green leaves, and then they'll fill out. And it'll keep growing, and then eventually, it'll create more potatoes. So the above-ground potato plant is a sprawling, bushy, dark green plant with much-divided leaves -- somewhat like a tomato plant. So the clustered inch-wide flowers are pale blue, and they have round yellow or greenish fruit, but they rarely go to fruit. You rarely see that. So it's a really easy plant to identify. It looks like a vine with green leaves, and it will produce great potatoes in the fall.