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Q.Container Sweet Potatoes

Zone Northwest Ohio, Zone 5b | salijackt added on February 17, 2014 | Answered

In your article about growing sweet potatoes in a pot, you mention not to use plastic containers. I was wondering what the reason was for this? I was thinking about trying to grow some sweet potatoes in the garden and some in containers, but I was going to use old 5 gallon buckets with holes drilled for drainage.

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Answered on February 18, 2014

On average, most plastic containers retain a lot of moisture, which can lead to rotting of the sweet potato tubers. That being said, as long as you can ensure that adequate drainage is provided, growing these plants in a 5-gallon bucket should be fine.

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