Re: [gardeners] Ornamental Sweet Potato

Linda Baranowski-Smith (
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 11:09:02 -0400

>Goodness gracious, Linda -- I have an ornamental sweet potato
>n a hanging pot together with a mandevilla, which I brought inside
>two weeks ago. Do you mean to say that once the mandevilla
>decides to stop blooming, that I can dump out that pot and I will
>find real sweet potatoes hiding in there...?????
>Penny, NY
Hi Penny,

Hee, hee, a hidden treasure in the pot!  Dunno how big they'll get in the
pot though.  I have a couple large mixed flower pots with the same vine.
Of course, after I discovered the huge ( up to 12"x4") tubers in the flower
bed, I dug into one of the pots.  Lurking in the darkness of the soil were
tubers but they looked like knarled hot dogs.  Suppose it was too confining
for proper development.  Surprise, surprise, I didn't know the ornamentals
produced tubers like this!  Also glad to know someone else didn't know

Penny, also gotta tell 'ya that I love the way you translate the "Penny and
Jimmy Adventures" into humor.  I look forward to your posts; you are a
great teller of life's stories!  I do so admire the talent.

Linda in NW Ohio near Toledo/Lake Erie, USDA Zone 5