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    Default sweet potatoes and yams?

    can we grow these up here with any sucsess? any ideas starting, seed potatoes. etc...and i need tips for the Interior...

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    I was under the impression that we cannot grow sweet potatoes or yams up here in Alaska. Althought that may not be true for sweet potatoes as they only require 100-150 days until maturity. Yams are more like 6-12 months!
    http://www.gardenersnet.com/vegetable/yams.htm

    This link says that they did indeed grow sweet potatoes...scroll down the middle...
    http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/o...ating-harvest/

    This link says people in Alaksa grew sweet potatoes in a greenhouse.
    http://www.geocities.com/tyshee.geo/garden.html


    Maybe the Coop ext. at UAF might have more info... Let us know what you find out. I'd love to try sweet potatoes, maybe with climate change now we can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alaska Grandma View Post
    I was under the impression that we cannot grow sweet potatoes or yams up here in Alaska. Althought that may not be true for sweet potatoes as they only require 100-150 days until maturity. Yams are more like 6-12 months!
    http://www.gardenersnet.com/vegetable/yams.htm

    This link says that they did indeed grow sweet potatoes...scroll down the middle...
    http://www.newsminer.com/news/2008/o...ating-harvest/

    This link says people in Alaksa grew sweet potatoes in a greenhouse.
    http://www.geocities.com/tyshee.geo/garden.html


    Maybe the Coop ext. at UAF might have more info... Let us know what you find out. I'd love to try sweet potatoes, maybe with climate change now we can.
    Grandma Lori

    thanks gramms... hey i wonder if it is just time, we need if those hydroponic hangers would work..start them in march in the house
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    Tried to grow sweet potatoes a few years back. even though we had a fairly nice summer that year the sweet potatoes never grew any tubers. got a big vine but nothing to show for it. Not saying it can't be done just reporting my experience with it.

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    Default I am interested in growing sweet potatoes too, but cautious.

    Just be careful where you get your seed. Potatoes are a big crop here (at least for Alaska) and they take potato diseases pretty darn seriously. http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/Inspection/PotatoList.pdf.

    I have heard that in years past, disease brought in from grocery store planted potatoes has traveled to kill off the fields of local commercial potato growers. I don't remember specifically what they do to kill it off and prevent it from spreading...but I remember it sounding catastrophic. And they have to go in and erradicate it from private home gardens they find it in too. ugh.

    If you look in your seed catalogs - they aren't even allowed to ship potatoes here.

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    Do sweet potatoes carry potatoe deseases? I thought they were a very different plants. I didn't see any mention in the warning about sweet potatoes.

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    I did read that many places will not ship sweet seed potatoes to many places (the one place mentioned Alaska along with a list of others), so they probably do. I'd check with your local greenhouse/nursery, or better yet call the coop extension at UAF or UAA.

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