How to Grow Sweet Potatoes Vertically

on July 29, 2015

Earlier this year, we received an interesting email inquiring about growing sweet potatoes. We replied saying that it wasn’t recommended because sweet potato plants are often used as ground cover and didn’t think that would be manageable in the GreenStalk vertical growing system.

But that question got us thinking… Could you grow sweet potatoes in a GreenStalk? We just had to try it out. Surprisingly, it not only grows great, but it’s beautiful too:

As you can probably tell from the photo above, we didn’t plant every pocket of each tier. We tried to alternate the planting to leave as much space possible for the vines to grow out.

This is what our sweet potato GreenStalk looks like today. We love it! The plants are very low-maintenance and easy to grow. We had no problems with pests, diseases, or managing the vines.

When the vines start to trail on the ground, its time to take advantage of one of the best benefits of growing sweet potato plants – eating the leaves! You can actually trim the vines and use the leaves for your next meal. Check out some recipes below:

Sauteed Sweet Potato Leaves
Sweet Potato Greens in Coconut Cream
Liberian Stew

 Have you grown sweet potatoes before? Tell us about it in the comments below!

GreenStalk GrowerHow to Grow Sweet Potatoes Vertically

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  • Shetia Sewell - March 31, 2016 reply

    Did you let the vines reroot in the bins you left open?

    GreenStalk Grower - April 6, 2016 reply

    We didn’t restrict any growth. We just watered it and let it do it’s thing!

  • Effie Shu - May 2, 2016 reply

    I’ve purchased my sweet potato slips ready to plant, but I have a few questions:
    1. Could you please describe the details in which you planted the sweet potatoes? i.e., how many slips were planted per pocket, did you plant every other pocket or every other tier? what was your spacing?
    2. Was there enough rooting room/soil to plant other small crops such as herbs or flowers?
    3. On average how many sweet potatoes did you harvest per pocket?
    Thank you!

  • Lucie in WA - February 5, 2017 reply

    What!! I didn’t know you could eat the leaves!! Who would have thought?
    I got an organic sweet potato from the store and let it soak in water until it started sending off slips. When the slips were several inches long an were starting to send off roots I broke them off and placed them in water by themselves to grow the roots a little longer. Then I started planting them. They were easy, you just needed to be a little patient. They all grew just fine that way.

    GreenStalk Grower - February 6, 2017 reply

    Thanks for the tips! – Cody Catherine

  • Sandra - April 27, 2018 reply

    I have been planted sweet potatoes for years but never got once can get d fruits. We only managed to harvest the leaves!

  • Ian - November 16, 2018 reply

    Can I grow sweet potato in the south of the UK?
    If so what is the best method to get started and when.

    GreenStalk Grower - November 27, 2018 reply

    Hi Ian,

    Thank you for reading! It’s hard for me to give advice on growing in other climates, so I would recommend going to your local garden store and asking them for specific dates. sweet potatoes are very easy to grow as long as you remember to water them and grow them in the warm season. I hope that helps! Happy Gardening!

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