A Sweet Potato Update

on October 2, 2015

Earlier this year, we wrote a blog post about how we were growing sweet potatoes vertically in our GreenStalk container gardens. Here’s an update about how they grew.

For months, the sweet potato plants grew beautiful trailing vines (it was one of our favorite crops this year in terms of looks). But once the leaves started changing color to yellows and browns, we knew it was time to harvest so we started digging in the soil to find those sweet potatoes!

What we learned:

First, we learned that potatoes are incredibly fun to harvest when you don’t have to be on your hands and knees digging into hard dirt trying to find those sweet potatoes! Second, we learned that a LOT of sweet potatoes can fit into a GreenStalk. We were amazed at how many potatoes we got from a single planting. As mentioned in our earlier post, we only planted half the pockets in anticipation of unruly vines. Next year we will probably plant the same way because each 6 gallon tier was packed with sweet potatoes – a good problem to have!

Have you grown potatoes in your GreenStalk? We’d love to hear about it below!

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  • Danielle - May 9, 2017 reply

    I’m happy to hear this! I’m planting potatoes in my GreenStalk towers. In the tower I currently have I planted three plants per tier, by alternating pockets, and plan to do the same when my new towers arrive. My hope is this will allow plenty of room for the tubers to grow. I am also considering adding herbs and/or flowers to the non-potato pockets, since their roots shouldn’t interfere with the tubers growth too much. I’ll try to remember to take pictures throughout the growing season.

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