I got a couple of sweet potatoes to put on roots and slip.....Now what do I do?
I have grown from plants I bought at the Amish garden store and plants I grew from a grocery store sweet potato. If you cut the slips = vines off the potato before they make roots they sometimes die. If you put slip in water you need to change the water every day other wise water gets stagnant and slips die. It takes 2 weeks or more for the slips to grow roots. It is less work for me to just to cut off a potato piece and plant it with the slip. Lowe's has a 9 pack of sweet potato plants $3 wow that is for someone that wants 500 lbs of sweet potatoes. I only want 2 plants this year 100 lbs of sweet potatoes will be plenty for the homeless shelter.applestar wrote:Yep. Endless supply of slips/cuttings/(I heard they are called... Now what was it? ...draws?... In the South) once you can get them started.
Have you tried different varieties Gary350? I prefer the dry fleshed Japanese and Korean baking/roasting whole varieties. They turn out like baked russet potatoes -- all fluffy inside and kind of nutty in flavor. This is the kind that also make good French fried sweet potatoes. I tend to run the moist varieties through the food mill and use for baked goods and soup, or cut up and roast.
Unfortunately, so far all of my preferred types require long growing time and I haven't been able to grow them successfully. I'm trying different season extending techniques, and will be trying growing in a very large tub next. I may give in and use a black (IRT?) plastic mulch....