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Hello Mike. I am growing sweet potatoes and have runners that

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Hello Mike. I am growing sweet potatoes and have runners that are getting quite long. I was wondering if there was any benefit/harm to cutting them short to put more energy into the tubers?

SpecialistMike :

Dave I'm here, how is everything?

Customer:

Going good thanks. What do you think about the sweet potatoes?

SpecialistMike :

Awesome, I actually just helped put in some roma tomatoes, a bit late for me whatever.

SpecialistMike :

So couple ways to approach it with the sweets

SpecialistMike :

I recommend kinda doing it based on the weather

SpecialistMike :

Usually though, I just keep the runners lifted up

SpecialistMike :

most people panic and say don't let them root, but if the soil is ok and climate is stable(which for you I would imagine it is)

SpecialistMike :

i would just let them go, they will produce, but chances are much smaller potatoes in addition to the main plant

SpecialistMike :

to be honest i have seen and done both

SpecialistMike :

and the years were pretty much different in regards XXXXX XXXXX nothing really consistent

SpecialistMike :

I maybe wouldn't trim them

SpecialistMike :

just keep them above, let them grow up but not root so substantially

SpecialistMike :

main concern thinking back to your separate beds with the tomatoes and things would be making sure they have the space to grow

Customer:

Great info Mike. The sweets are off by themselves. I try your advice and let you know the outcome in a few months!

Customer:

Thanks as always. Dave

SpecialistMike :

always a pleasure - are the tomatos doing ok this year so far?

SpecialistMike :

I would even maybe trim one plant to see what the total production is for your growing area

SpecialistMike :

just so you can see the difference

SpecialistMike :

and make sure they have good drainage(which im sure youve already made sure of

Customer:

Will do Mike thanks, XXXXX XXXXX cut it short, going to the airport to pick up our daughter.

SpecialistMike :

Ok ill check back in in a few weeks, or you do the same

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