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Re: Ipomoea batatas - breeding of Sweet Potato - Camote - New Zealand
« Reply #435 on: 2021-12-27, 05:17:57 PM »
Thats a good point, I dont need big pots, if I use small pots and one out grows it, take a cutting and start again. With such a large number of new varieties now, next growing season will be a good one if I can get them to flowering before going outside.
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Re: Ipomoea batatas - breeding of Sweet Potato - Camote - New Zealand
« Reply #436 on: 2021-12-27, 05:19:09 PM »
... and some other good news, one of this springs seedlings has flower buds showing
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Re: Ipomoea batatas - breeding of Sweet Potato - Camote - New Zealand
« Reply #437 on: 2021-12-28, 09:03:44 AM »
Back when I was still starting them inside, I had one once in a while developed buds before going outside. I don't think I ever saw it on an overwintered cutting though.

But it's common for even small cuttings to keep flowering and keep maturing seed when brought in in the fall. You would have to do hand pollination, but I think it might be possible to get seeds that way especially if you have a nice warm window. Mine are a bit drafty so if the wood stove isn't going, the plants can get quite a chill. If it is going, they can get dried up. Back and forth like that, it's a wonder they make it at all, but they are very resilient, if there is even a tiny bit of life left come spring they just start over.

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Re: Ipomoea batatas - breeding of Sweet Potato - Camote - New Zealand
« Reply #438 on: 2022-01-11, 11:21:13 PM »
So far its looking like the new varieties are going to be good flower producers. There's three of this springs seedlings with flower buds forming, the rest are to small yet, the timing of flowering should be ideal for Feb which is normally the warmest month.
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Re: Ipomoea batatas - breeding of Sweet Potato - Camote - New Zealand
« Reply #439 on: 2022-01-14, 05:35:28 PM »
Cool, let's hope there's plenty of bees buzzing around!

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Re: Ipomoea batatas - breeding of Sweet Potato - Camote - New Zealand
« Reply #440 on: 2022-01-15, 02:14:35 PM »
Plenty of bubble bees about. Came across a nest yesterday under a wood pile cover, I'll be taking care not to disturb them
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