When to irrigate the batata?
The ideal habitat of batata, better known as American potato or sweet potato, is the warm habitat of tropical and sub-tropical climates, but despite this it is successfully cultivated even in less humid areas. To grow luxuriantly, it needs nitrogen-rich soils and an adequate amount of precipitation, but it does not tolerate the stagnation of water that can cause it to rot. Artificial irrigation is necessary when prolonged periods of drought occur, at the time of planting and in the first weeks of cultivation. This lasts on average from 7 to 9 months, depending on the exposure and the characteristics of the soil. After this period it is possible to extract the tuberous roots from the soil. The batata is also cultivated as a houseplant: in this case the tuber is half immersed in a vase full of water, so that the upper part remains outside the container. The plant, which must be exposed to the sun, reaches its maximum flowering after a couple of months. The only care to be taken is to always keep the roots well watered.
How to grow American potatoes
The production cycle of the batata is quite long, it begins in spring with the planting of the herbaceous cuttings (the batata also propagates with the seeds but it is more convenient to use the tubers directly) in small pots of about 15 centimeters in diameter, to be placed in a very bright environment with temperatures that do not drop below 12 ° C. Once the shoots have grown, and if the outside temperature permits, it is possible to bring the pots outside and transplant the seedlings into the soil prepared previously. The shoots should be planted at a distance of about half a meter from each other and abundantly irrigated, making sure that the water does not stagnate. The harvest takes place from September: it proceeds as in the case of common potatoes, that is, collecting and distributing the tubers on the ground to leave them free to air dry.