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Something eats my sweet potato leaves

Something eats leaves, mostly youg ones, any idea what's that? I can't identify any pests when looking closer.
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Sweet potato planting distance

I'm planning 30 cm apart in rows (~12 inches) and 0.5m rows distance (~19.5 inches). But, isn't it too densely? I'm even considering 30/30 cm (30 cm rows distance as well). Does planting density ...
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Sweet potato variety identification

That's how they look like just after harvesting. Flesh is light yellow, after cut fresh tuber in half, milky juice appears (it's also visible on damaged roots on pic below). Slips before moving ...
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Sweet potato - leave in the ground for winter

Last year, after grow season ends, I found some tubers which were not harvested, after 3-4 weeks, during plowing, middle of November, after first frost and everything harvested in my garden. Found ...
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Sweet potato - very large leaves - overfertilization?

My sweet potato plants got very large leaves, size is almost the same as my hand size. It's "White Triumph" variety. Afaik, sweet potato leaves are much smaller. Possible they have been ...
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Correct orientation of Okinawan purple sweet potato

Not being able to find any organic Okinawan purple sweet potatoes in the supermarket, I bought slips online. They’ve been growing for about 9 months and I’ve finally harvested the tubers. What is the ...
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Cure sweet potatoes - sprout during cure process + white coating

Variety: All Purple. To cure I managed to build a heat incubator. I made it as an expanded polystyrene box, I put electric heat tape inside to maintain temperature. Washed, wet tubers have been packed ...
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White skinned sweet potato is too young to eat?

It's spring here in Australia and a scrub turkey has just dug up my beautiful sweet potato patch and began pecking at the tubers underneath. I'm contemplating digging them up to eat and pulled one out ...
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What is eating my beautiful plant?

I have a sweet potato, it grown pretty big, and something came and ate it overnight. There was a small hole, not sure if it is a footprint, or a part of our garden. the radius is about 5 inches.
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What variety of sweet potato is best for lower grow temperatures?

I'm looking for sweet potato variety most suitable for temperate climate zone (central Europe). Especially, I need some variety that tolerates lower night temperatures (usually between 10 and 15 °C). ...
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Sweet potato - wrinkled leaves

I'm getting some leaves wrinkled. Is there anything to worry about? Or it's still ok? Slips were wrinkled as well, directly growing from tubers, but now that effect becomes less visible on new young ...
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Possible to grow sweet potatoes in towers?

This year I will be planting potatoes (Yukon Gold and Russet) as well as sweet potatoes. This coming weekend I will be building so-called "potato towers" for the Yukons & Russets using ...
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How do you make conventional (non-organic) Okinawan sweet potatoes sprout?

Organic I've got no trouble sprouting organic sweet potatoes. Just place them in a cup of water and put them in front of a window sill. Nearly every variety of sweet potato is available as organic for ...
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Do sweet potato tops make good fertiliser tea?

I am growing sweet potato in my back yard and I come to realize the abundant amount of potato tops after harvesting, do they make a good fertiliser tea or I would just add them to the compost?
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Is the sweet potato beyond saving?

The whole story start off as an accident. At the beginning, we bought some sweet potato and mean to cook them, but we forgot one at the bottom of a chair and next time we discover it, there were green ...
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What is this plant? (sweet potato?)

A long while ago, I planted what I'm pretty sure was the head of a sweet potato that started growing. The plant is still small but growing, and it has some small fruit-beginning (all green, but one ...
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How to grow leaves from a sweet potato (not in a jar of water)?

I once accidentally grew sweet potatos in my kitchen - it was just sitting there for a while since I haven't used it, without rotting, and it started growing. I'm trying to reproduce it, because I ...
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Sweet potatoes: Can I plant a whole tuber instead of starting slips? Are slips a better option?

I'm in zone 4 (Minneapolis MN, USA) and managed to grow some sweet potatoes last year with the 3 month window (I bought slips), but this year I have the saved tubers from last year. Should I grow ...
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Sweet potato leaf disease?

I managed to get some slips started from a store bought (treated) sweet potato in May this year. Took a very long time to get going but eventually got 3 slips started. One of the three has two leaves ...
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First sweet potato crop -- Now what?

OK, so, I just harvested my first batch of sweet potatoes: (Holy crap, there are few things as satisfying as going on a treasure hunt in the dirt and pulling out a big ole hunk-o'-dinner!) But...now ...
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How far do potatoes really need to be from tomatoes to prevent disease/blight?

How far do potatoes really need to be from tomatoes? Is ten feet with a row of peas in between sufficient? Also, do sweet potatoes count as potatoes?
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How do I start sweet potatoes off?

Do you have to plant the sweet potatoes first and make sprouts, then cut vines off of these sprouts and put them in water? Can you just cut your potatoes in half and put them into water and ...
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How long does it take to start sweet potato slips?

@Om Patange asked this in a comment on this sweet potato question and I'm curious about the answer: How long does each step [in starting sweet potato slips] take? I ask to know how long before ...
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Why does my sweet potato have stunted growth with wide, flattened stems and dense leaves?

My sweet potato plant has a severely widened and flattened stem and grows like a band, with dense leaves and stunted growth. What is wrong with it?
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How can I grow my own sweet potato starts?

I have always used pre-grown sweet potato slips, but since the source of sweet potatoes I have been using is unreliable, I am looking for how to grow my own in fairly large quantities. How should I ...
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How do I grow sweet potatoes in a pot?

I planted some attractive sweet potato vines in a 6 inch deep pot -- about 1.5 ft in diameter. I didn't expect them to grow extensively. However, with watering regularly, they certainly are growing ...
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