Spring Garden Update: Sweet Potato slips

in hive-123046 •  13 days ago 

I've been growing slips for months now but most of them are in the ground. I'll plant the rest of what I have from growing them in jars.

Last I counted there are around a dozen Sweet Potato plants in the ground. The slips I grew and rooted first were very small. It really helps to let them grow longer like shown in my cover image. Those are nearly a foot long. I planted many 6 inch slips and they really struggled.

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I cut up Sweet Potatoes and placed fragments of them in mason jars. Using toothpicks I suspend them half above the water.

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I'm suprised how large the leaves get. It can grow quite large from just water in a jar.

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When the new growth coming off the Sweet Potatoes is long enough I cut it off and place the cutting in water. Its important not to let the leaves rest in the water, they must be pulled off or they will rot.

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The roots really start sprawling a few weeks in the water after being cut off from spud. If the water gets too low the roots will dry out so I have to be careful.

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Even the spuds form roots and I have to add water to the jars every few days.

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I plan on putting the rest in the ground and noting their placement. That way when I pull them up late fall I will have some young Sweet Potatoes to eat. I dont know if they taste any differently but something to try.

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Many of the slips and one spud I placed in the ground have settled and started growing new vines. I've been successful in making them climb my trellis. I think the spud is the one really on the move.

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Some of the smaller slips I planted are growing as well. But they seem weak and get eaten up by bugs.

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Next year if I do slips again I'll try to grow them longer. It really seems to help to have a large slip to start with.

After planting I'll just let them grow.

I will post updates on the spuds soon, those are in the raised beds and doing great with horizontal growth.

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Sweet potatoes are delicious ... Even better out of your own garden..😊

So true... looking forward to harvesting in the fall.

Have bugs been an issue? I want to plant some stuff but I'm afraid of how many bugs it will attract indoors.

Bugs don't really bother the sweet potato plant. But I do find red, yellow and white potatoes can attract bugs. The slugs are the biggest problem I deal with when it comes to potatoes.

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