The sweet potato vine is a very popular garden plant and also looks great in any container. This plant is a vigorous grower that will make a big visual impact. Its colorful foliage, in shades of green, black, or purple, will help accent any other plant in the area and is a perfect addition especially for for patio/deck planters. Grow a few together in a large pot and you will be amazed.
Latin name : Solanum crispum
Type of Plant : Flower
Sun Exposure : Full/Part Time
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy
Sweet potato vines require a bright, sunny location outdoors with similar conditions in the home. This plant will thrive in heat. When planting, ensure that the soil or container has adequate drainage.
The care of sweet potato plants is similar to most other vining plants. While tolerant of drought, these plants prefer to be kept moist (not soggy). Though prolific growers, you may fertilize monthly, if desired, using a general all-purpose, water soluble fertilizer. Overgrown or leggy looking plants can be cut back to encourage bushier growth and keep them under control. New plants can be started with these cuttings to keep an endless supply year round.
While it does produce edible sweet potato tubers (very bitter), the ornamental variety bears more colorful foliage, making it a popular houseplant.