Ipomoea platense (was Newbie)

Leo A. Martin leo@possi.org
Tue, 13 Dec 2005 19:01:14 PST
Most really weedy Ipomoea grow just fine from tip cuttings taken during
warm weather - same as sweet potatoes (I. batatas.) Many can even be
rooted in water. Yes, they do form tubers from cuttings. I haven't tried
this with I. p. but the plant is so easy to grow and vigorous I bet it
would work.

Remember, they are just tuberous morning glories. As with growing sweet
potatoes for food production, give enormous amounts of root space, water,
and fertilizer if you want lots of tubers. Then in future years you can
raise the tuber farther and farther out of the soil each spring when you
repot the plant.

They are highly susceptible to spider mites in times of low humidity.
Spray the vines with water frequently during the growing season. They can
be overwintered completely dry, above freezing, on a shelf or even in the
dark of a closet or basement.

Succulent vendors tend to carry succulent morning glories. Arid Lands and
Out of Africa, both in the USA, often have them.

Another place to ask questions about cacti and other succulents is the
cacti_etc mailing list, which has something over 2,000 members worldwide
when last I heard.

Leo Martin
Phoenix Arizona USA

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