Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas)
Sweet Potato Vine Plant FeaturesOne of the most versatile plants around, you can grow sweet potato vine in sun or shade and in container gardens, landscapes, or garden beds and borders. The plant is loved for its colorful chartreuse, purple, bronze, copper, or black foliage. And because its beauty comes from the foliage, you can enjoy sweet potato vine all season long without worrying about whether it's going to go in and out of bloom.
While it's traditionally used as an accent plant, you can also grow sweet potato vine as a focal point on its own. Compact varieties are fun in hanging baskets and window boxes; larger varieties are outstanding in large containers or as an annual groundcover.
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Sweet Potato Vine Growing InstructionsSweet potato vine grows practically anywhere, from full sun to full shade. In hot-summer climates such as Southern Florida, it can struggle in full sun during the hottest months, especially if the soil dries out.
The plant grows best in moist, well-drained soil; if the ground stays too wet for too long, sweet potato vine may rot and die. If you grow it in containers, be sure the pots have drainage to allow excess water to escape.
You typically don't have to worry about fertilizing sweet potato vine unless you want it to grow faster.
When it's happy, sweet potato vine can be a vigorous grower, especially old-fashioned varieties that can grow quite large. Don't be afraid to prune or clip back the plant whenever it seems to get out of bounds.
Medium water needs
Outside: Part sun
Complement your Sweet Potato VineColeus
Coleus and sweet potato vine are perfect plant partners for providing big color through foliage and texture.
Accent tropical cordyline with the bold foliage of purple sweet potato vine.
Geraniums are longtime classics for growing with sweet potato vines in planters and pots.