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Q.I had been looking for the orange type sweet potatoes (yams) here for years and finally my organic

Zone Manaus, Amazonas Brazil | Anonymous added on September 8, 2020 | Answered

vegetable supplier brought them in. I want to try grow them in containers ( I also have a small apartment and no yard to speak of and so my only option is to grow them in containers. I just read your article and looks like sweet potatoes like warm weather- another plus for me since Manaus is hot just about all year, even in rainy season. Can I successfully grow my own sweet potatoes this way ?

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Answered on September 10, 2020

A recommended soil mix includes loam, perlite, sand and peat moss. These plants like to be regularly trimmed, and prefer a soil pH of 5.6 to 6.5. Tubers should be planted about a foot apart, so you'll need a large container. Water them at the base when the leaves look a little wilted.

Here's an article with tips for growing yams: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/oca/growing-new-zealand-yams.htm

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