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This spring I bought a small sweet potato vine, the large leafed light green variety.
It has filled the hanging basket and grown to unbelievable proportions, hanging down
6 ft., and is really a beautiful plant on our deck. I hate to lose it to frost and
am wondering if I could save it inside in our sunroom, then cut it back a bit to go
outside again in the spring?
The ornamental sweet potato is not going to thrive indoors this winter, but you can
save the tuberous root that it is growing from. Often the ornamental sweet potato
forms what looks like the edible sweet potato underground. While they are edible,
the quality is not very good. You can save the tuberous root and start new slips from
it next spring, just like you would for the edible varieties. These plants are annuals
and not overly expensive to buy should you choose not to dig it up. Make sure if you
are going to try to save the plant, you must do so before or immediately after a killing
frost--they rot quickly once frozen. Directions on how to grow slips can be found
in our fact sheet on sweet potatoes which is on our website at http://www.uaex.uada.edu.