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Ipomoea batatas
Sweet potato
Ubi jalar, ketela Convolvulaceae

Ipomoea batatas, Sweet potato, Ubi manis, Ubi jalar, ketela

Ipomoea batatas, Sweet potato, Ubi manis, Ubi jalar, ketela

From Central America and the Pacific islands, this perennial climber comes in both a white-fleshed and, more recently, an orange-fleshed variety.
It has entire, toothed or 3-lobed leaves and flowers with a lavender to pale purple tube that is darker on the inside.
Plant cuttings in rows 3 ft (1 m) apart in soil that has been fertilized and dug thoroughly; keep the young plants clear of weeds and water well while the tubers grow.
Harvesting ranges from 16 weeks to 40 weeks after planting.
Position: Sunny, Semi-Shaded
Cultivation:They prefer moderately fertile, well-drained soil and a sunny position.
Care should be taken when choosing species, as some can become extremely invasive in warm districts.
Propagate from seed which has been gently filed and pre-soaked to aid germination, or from cuttings (for perennial species).