The care of sweet potato plants is similar to most other vining houseplants in the home, spending summers outdoors. 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.
- Light Needs: Full Sun or Partial Shade
- Watering Needs: Once establised prefers moist, well-drained soil.
The ornamental sweet potato plant (Ipomoea butatas) is somewhat different from its southern grown vegetable sibling. While it does produce edible sweet potato tubers (albeit not very palatable and bitter), the ornamental variety bears more colorful foliage, making it a popular houseplant. This plant produces vine-like stems similar to the philodendron and requires similar care to that of ivy when grown indoors. The vigorous growth and drought tolerance of ornamental sweet potato vines makes them great choices for mixed containers and hanging basket.