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beehappyfarm
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« on: October 28, 2012, 05:57:56 PM »

Can sweet potatoes stay in the ground during frost without it hurting them, or should they be dug before a frost hits?
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 06:18:49 PM »

You can let frost kill the vine and the tumblers be fine. The soil temp is more of a problem for the tumblerss than air temp.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2012, 06:32:25 PM »

I've read that sweet taters loose quality if kept in temps below 55 degrees so whatever you have to do to avoid that.  It's been very warm in the daytime across the South and I don't think the soil has cooled down that much yet. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2012, 08:54:10 PM »

Thanks. I have some late ones that I planted end of July that I had no idea if they would have time to produce. I dug some yesterday and couldn't believe it, they made better than my earlier ones! I just wasn't sure if I need to get them all dug or if they would be ok. Sounds like I better get to digging. We were down to 35 last night and will be tonight also. I sure wouldn't want to risk them going bad.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2012, 04:31:05 PM »

I'm in the same boat..I dug a few potatoes last week, but the vines look like are still growing. Something has nibbled on the potatoes that I did dig up....little pock marked places.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 06:08:49 PM »

I'm in the same boat..I dug a few potatoes last week, but the vines look like are still growing. Something has nibbled on the potatoes that I did dig up....little pock marked places.

Pjames, be warned.... the tree rats love sweet tators big time....they'll tote'm off if they can. and eat'm in safety elsewhere. Nothing more aggrevating then watching your taters go dancing through the treetops. Not a problem if you thin them out...the tree rats, that is.

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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2012, 12:51:22 PM »

This was one plant....
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2012, 09:36:48 PM »

 Those are some good looking sweetpotatoes.
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