Photo by Suzanne * July 21, 2012
Even tho the temps have risen here in the Lone Star state, I've managed to keep certain treasures alive and well. With the help of my little fairy friend, my potato vines are still among us!
I 've planted potato vines only a couple of times, and with not much luck. This time I took better care, and, I did plant two different potato plants together. Early on, I kept them in the back yard with shade and filtered light from the tree.
This is what they looked like on June 4, 2012
They were about 1 month old, and growing fiercely!
Here I have a 'Marguerite' potato vine that sports heart-shaped, chartreuse leaves. And, on your left is the potato plant known simply as 'Blackie', with large deep purple-to black leaves.
What a great color combination!
So you see my 'fine faery friend', (it's ok, faery is a word), finally found her station on my property, and in my life, after 2 years of just being stuck here and there! Oh, there were days that she leaned a bit...especially if 'SOMEONE' got a little too nozzle-happy while watering, and, once, she disappeared 'down under' beneath the damp soil.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided this plant deserved a better location, with more exposure to the outside, and admiring eyes. So it was moved to our front porch, where it is the first thing I see as I leave for work in the mornings. Karo keeps an eye on it throughout the day, and moves it back if the sun gets too bright on the porch.
I thought I'd share a few tips that might help you be successful
with your Sweet Potato Vine
1. Depending on your climate, the potato vine can be grown in full sun to partial shade. I've seen these plants flourish en masse in front of apartment complexes, gas stations, and banks, in the hot blaring sun. Since they have a tendancy to wilt during the hottest part of the day, we push our plant back into some shade during those hours.
2. Try to keep your potato vines moist....oh, not drowning, just regularly moist.
3. Cut it back whenever you want to keep it under control. Cutting back some also encourages the plant to become fuller, thus, prolonging it's life.
4. And if you do cut it back, put your cuttings in water to root for propagation. You can root potato vine just like you would an ivy plant.
photo by Suzanne * July 21, 2012
I hope this finds you all staying as cool as you can, and doing well. Thank you so much for stopping by to see my 'Potato Vines', and their sweet little caretaker. Please have a wonderful summer, and, be safe.
I would like to express my sorrow and heart-felt sympathies to the victims and families that were affected by the tragedy in Colorado. What can we say? I'm trying to quit asking why, and, focus on prayers and best wishes for the innocent families involved.
My Gratitude goes out to:
Karo...who, celebrated his Birthday on July 21st
thank you my little 'foliage fairy'
July's Fairy is the Larkspur Fairy
'A Flower Fairy from the mountains
reminds us to keep an open heart'