This plant performs wonderfully in containers, will get again next year!
Proven Accents® 'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Sweet Potato Vine Ipomoea batatas
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesI can go ALL summer.
Great foliage component plant in combinations; excellent heat tolerance and vigorBest SellerAward WinnerFoliage InterestHeat TolerantDeadheading Not Necessary
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:6 - 16 InchesTrails Up To:60 InchesSpacing:10 - 12 InchesSpread:36 - 48 InchesFlower Shade:NoneFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Colors:YellowFoliage Shade:ChartreuseHabit:TrailingContainer Role:Spiller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Grown for FoliageHardiness Zones:11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Works great in landscapes as an annual ground cover, as well as in combinations and containers by themselves. The plant is very adaptable, working in both sun and shade conditions, atlhough the colors are deeper and brighter in full sun than they are in shadier environments where colors are tinged with more green.Maintenance Notes:
Ipomoeas are great additions to combination planters, but they can sometimes overwhelm less vigorous plants. If you are like me you can let your combination plants duke it out Darwinian style, however, if you prefer to keep a more balanced look to your combination planters, you can cut back or remove stems at any time.
Ipomoeas also make great annual groundcovers in the landscape. They love the heat and humidity (growing up to 36" a week in the Deep South), cooler temperatures and low humidity cause them to stay more compact.
While Sweet Potatoes all come from the same parent material out of Southeast Asia, there is a big difference between the Sweet Potato you buy in the store and the tubers produced by the Sweet Caroline and the Illusion plants. Commercial sweet potatoes have been bred for over 100 years selecting for those with the best sugar to starch content (hence the name SWEET Potato), the ornamental have been bred to produce good leaves and no tubers, though they do form, they are composed of almost pure starch and no sugar; making them a poor choice for eating. So yes you can eat the tubers, but don't expect anyone to come back for seconds! Also always be careful when eating any ornamental plant unless you know how it was grown, and if pesticides or fungicides were used on it before you got it; a tuber is a storage root, and yes they store chemical as well as starch.
An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.
"A Real Simple magazine Top 10 goofproof Plant"Proven Accents® 'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Ipomoea batatas USPP 15,028, Can 2,975
MH, Iowa, United States, 31 weeks ago
I buy this plant every year. It never disappoints!!!; Excellent planted in ground for a pop of color and interest although you need to trim to keep from taking over. Gorgeous in flower box to fill in and spill out around other annuals. Its a staple every year and I honestly do have the best yard on the block!! Not bragging just stating fact.Marie McGhee, Michigan, United States, 47 weeks ago
Grows well in a sunny window as an indoor plant. Very colorful and hardy.Kathy Gannon, Arizona, United States, 7 years ago
Great plant for containers! Lovely lime color that goes all summer long!!debbie, Connecticut, United States, 7 years ago
THIS PLANT LOOKS GOOD WITH ALMOST ANY PLANT. IT GROWS SO FAST YOU HAVE TO KEEP CUTTING IT BACK OR IT TAKES OVER. WON'T STOP ME FROM USING IT WITH ABOUT EVERY THING I PLANT.LOUISE HEMPHILL, Iowa, United States, 8 years ago
Lynne Roskam, 9 years ago
good grower, lots of leaves and low maintenceSusan Lalo, Pennsylvania, United States, 9 years ago
Very beautiful and full!Karen Smith, Massachusetts, United States, 9 years ago
This plant did beautifully in my hanging baskets even with the scorching heatwaves of this summerJulie Rocco, Ontario, Canada, 9 years ago
Wow, It needs a warning: plant with other fast, healthy growers because plants can get swallowed. I was beautiful with peach geraniums before it grew over the top. I really loved it, though. I still had a dark grass in the middle. PRETTY COMBO!Judih Carr, Michigan, United States, 9 years ago
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