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Growing Sweet Potato Vines

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Sweet potato vines are usually grown as ornamental plants, but you can also harvest the potato. Learn how to grow sweet potato vines in your vegetable garden in this free video.


Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb". This is a sweet potato vine. Now we have sweet potatoes that you can grow as a vegetable, and this one will also give you that vegetable also. But this one probably is grown more often as an ornamental. But, that being said, if you'll wait to about 120 to 140 days, and you dig down around the base of it, if you got it in a nice friable soil, one that has peat, and really improved type soil, you'll find that by the end of fall or early winter season, when the plant sometimes get snipped back a little bit, you can dig down there and find some wonderful sweet potatoes that you of course can use in the traditional fashion that you've always have; from sweet potato pie, to making sweet potatoes on the grill, or cooking them in different ways. This plant takes full sun, to partial shade. And of course it has a nice kind of creamy white foliage that makes it a nice landscape plant, a nice ground cover plant also. In fact sweet potato vines have really become a very popular plant in the landscape industry. For on Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb".


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb", has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening advisor in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County, and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year", was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and was the host of the highest rated garden show on local PBS.