Author Topic: Ipomoea batatas - breeding of Sweet Potato - Camote clones - New Zealand  (Read 1619 times)

Richard Watson

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I just noticed all my plants have heart shaped leaves

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The Bbcuzzie that arrived here 2 days ago is about to flower, and should co-incide nicely with 2 multi-flowered 'hydras' on my Reds. So... the mating begins... hopefully! https://ibb.co/bgwb3vP

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They look good Chris.

Ive got the water sprinklers currently in the area where my Camote are which tends to full the flowers with water, still wont get the bubble bees away though, they are still diving in and out of the flowers

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Sounds like you fellers might be on the way to some new kinds of sweet potatoes.  Good your plants have heart shape leaves as they have highest % of good big roots.

Plants from these seeds that don't flower at all are pretty rare, I think I might still keep them and give them another chance as clones next year, especially if they turn out with nice roots. Flowering is certainly genetic but I think environmental conditions can also play a role, but I don't have enough experience and they are way too screwy genetically to say for sure about much of anything.

Also they tend to mutate in first few generations of cloning after starting a new one from seed. I have only seen it happen once so far but research I found said it is pretty common. 

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Yes I should and will keep the two non- flowering clones going, then there's the two indoor ones as well.

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Waiting for my Owairaka Reds to sync with Bbcuzzie - not long now
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So, seed pods on the Kumara is a goal