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Sun Jun 21, 2015, 09:28 AM

Starting sweet potatoes

I have been attempting to get some sweet potato slips using the method described here. My shoots have grown 9 to 11" high, yet show no sign of developing the small red nodules with roots at the base between shoot and potato. It is getting a bit late in the season to let them continue for too much longer if they are going to need a 4 month growing season, so I'm wondering if I can just carefully cut out sections of potato containing a shoot and plant them directly, or even just plant the entire potato half - or would that result in too dense a thicket of potatoes in the ground?

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IDemo Jun 2015 OP
dmosh42 Jun 2015 #1
IDemo Jun 2015 #2
mopinko Jun 2015 #3
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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 10:09 AM

1. It's good when you can get the slips on the edge of the potato, but most times I just go to...

the base and do a 'V' cut down into the potato. Then I take that slip and plant the whole plant, leaves and all, underground, with just the last leaf on top sticking above ground. I usually put mine in the ground around tomato planting time in early May here in NC. Good luck!

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Response to dmosh42 (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 02:46 PM

2. I will probably do that

I'm not sure if the lack of the red buds at the base of the stems was due to being a different breed of potato, or what.

Thanks for the advice!

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 12:07 AM

3. as long as you have roots you are good.

get them going. it is late. they will be fine.
i bought slips after failing to get sprouts, and they mostly barely even had roots.
all doing great now.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 26, 2015, 12:18 AM

4. I planted them and they look happy to be in the soil

Hopefully they will have enough of a growing season before the October frost to produce some decent sized tubers.

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