How to Take Care of Margarita Plants

Updated February 21, 2017

Margarita plants are also known as "sweet potato vine" or technically, "Ipomoea batatas." This type of plant is relatively easy to take care of. It produces no flowers, so there's no need to deadhead (trim off) the dead blooms. Margarita plants "make great annual groundcovers," according to Provenwinners.coms You can also plant the sweet potato vine in pots, hanging baskets, flower beds and window boxes. They may overtake smaller plants, so you may have to trim the stems back from time to time. Since it's a vining plant, you can also grow it on a trellis.

Plant margarita plants in a location that receives full or partial sun. They are tolerant to heat. They prefer well-drained, fertile, sandy soil. Space them 18 to 24 inches apart in flower beds.

Water sweet potato vine as needed to protect it from drying out. But don't water it so much that it becomes waterlogged and soggy.

Apply fertiliser or compost to the margarita plants, according to Use a fertiliser that contains a moderate amount of nitrogen and is rich in phosphorus and potassium, according to Purdue University. Follow the package directions in order to achieve the best results.

Control insect damage to the sweet potato vine by using a suitable pesticide. Check local garden supply stores. Sweet potato leaf beetles and tortoise beetles are two common enemies.


Sweet potato vine is tolerant to heat. However, it may wilt after several hours of heat and direct sun. As long as it's 're kept watered, it will perk up again when out of the sun.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertiliser or compost
  • Pesticide
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