Thursday, January 7, 2010

Starting Sweet Potatoes

Yesterday I mentioned that I had started my sweet potatoes. Here is
how I am doing them: First I cut some sweet potatoes in half making
sure each piece is at least 2-3 inches long. I placed them, cut side
down, in a container. Add water about an inch or so deep once all
potatoes are in the container. I use a 9x13 size plastic container for
this. The container is put in a warm sunny spot. Sprouts will grow.
When the sprouts are abt 6 inches long you carefully take them off.
Place the sprouts in water to grow roots. In spring, these are planted
in mounds or raised rows to allow lots of good drainage. Harvest the
sweet potatoes just before frost and allow to dry/cure in a cool dry
area before storing to prevent spoilage.


LizBeth said...

You are such a dear! Thanks. I find that directions from successful gardeners work much better than most of the stuff in books. Blessings, Liz

Kirsty said...

I have wanted to grow sweet potayoes for ages but I wasn't sure of the climate they need. What is the climate like where your growing them? I would like to give them a go.

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Jeanne said...

I did not know how to do this. Thanks so much Paula! I am so glad that you are back!

Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead said...

So amusing that you post about this now. I just discovered that you could grow your own slips from sweet potatoes. Last year I paid 2 euros PER SLIP at an online exotics shop here in Germany. I am so glad that it's so easy to do, though. And ashamed lol. I'm hoping to grow sweet potatoes in a container this year. Tried it once before but it didn't really turn out too well. It was a beautiful plant though!

Ann from KY said...

after the sweet potatoes get the 6 inch long sprouts and you cut them, will they grow more sprouts? thanks for the info and God Bless, Ann from KY I am going to try this!