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Blackie Sweet Potato Vine in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'

 

Blackie Sweet Potato Vine

'Blackie' sports tunning dark purple, almost black, cascading foliage. It bears trumpet-shaped, pale purple flowers. It is excellent in containers or weaving among other plants in beds and borders.

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plant Features
  • Blackie Sweet Potato Vine likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Blackie Sweet Potato Vine likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

  • Blackie Sweet Potato Vine is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Blackie Sweet Potato Vine likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Blackie Sweet Potato Vine

Latin name

Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'

type

Vegetable

family

Convolvulaceae

ph

4.5 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Blackie Sweet Potato Vine likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Blackie Sweet Potato Vine is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Blackie Sweet Potato Vine likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Blackie Sweet Potato Vine likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Blackie Sweet Potato Vine is 0.80meters x 0.30meters 0.80 M 0.30 M

Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'

'Blackie' sports tunning dark purple, almost black, cascading foliage. It bears trumpet-shaped, pale purple flowers. It is excellent in containers or weaving among other plants in beds and borders.


Growing slips

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Sweet potatoes grow from slips - the shoots that sprout from the tuber. Slips can be bought, or can be grown from a tuber. If growing from a tuber, cut the tuber in half (crosswise),and place the cut face down in damp vermiculite, and place in a warm place, such as an airing cupboard, or propagator, and allow the sprouts to form. Remove the shoots (or slips) with a sharp knife when they are 2"-3" long., and pot them in to pots of cutting compost, and leave them to form roots in the greenhouse, or in a propagator.

 

Planting slips

From Early Summer TO Mid Summer

When the slips have developed roots, harden them off gradually, and then plant them out in light, free-draining soil, by making holes 2"-3" deep and carefully placing the plant in the hole, with the leaves above the level of the soil, and carefully fill the hole over the roots, then firm in. Water well.The plants need heat of around 70 deg.F to thrive, so in cooler climates, grow them in the greenhouse.

 
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