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IPOMOEA costata | Native Sweet Potato

IPOMOEA costata

Native Potato or Desert Yam
Bush Food

SKU: N 125
Stock: In Stock

Family: Convolvulaceae
Characteristics: Creeping vine to 2 m

Seed per packet: Approx. 6
Seed per gram: Approx. 5

$6.00 AUD Excl. GST

A fast-growing creeper with large purplish-pink trumpet flowers and Edible tubers related to the Sweet potato. Bush potatoes were cooked on the hot earth beside the fire, and the potato is still eaten in the desert today.
In the kitchen use it as you would sweet or normal potato. Very fast growing but can be sensitive to frost although they will recover. Native of the Southern Kimberley and Pilbara areas of West Australia extending into Central Australia.

Adaptable to most well-drained garden soils in a sunny position.

Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms, we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicine. Some parts of the plant may not be edible, or some may need to be prepared before they are safe to eat or use it in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. The purchaser is responsible for ensuring they are fit for their intended use.

The optimum germination temperature is around 18-22°C.

Ipomoea seeds germinate readily; however, they have a hard outer coating that is impervious to water, and generally, germination will not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.

  1. Place the seed in a container
  2. Pour in just boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  3. The swollen seed can then be sown, and seeds that have not swollen can be re-treated.
  4. Sow seed 6mm deep, keep warm & moist but not wet.
  5. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22C.

*Please note:

  • Please do not be too hasty to discard seeds that do not germinate; seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural germination requirements.
  • As with all seeds, they must have adequate water to keep them moist but not too wet.
  • These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.

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