The Q&A Archives: Sweet Potatoes In California

Question: Do you know where can I purchase sweet potato eyes for planting in California?

Answer: I'm afraid your mild summers don't suit sweet potatoes. You can give it a try, though, by purchasing one at the store and cutting off both ends. Prop the ends up in a tray of water and they'll grow roots and sprout vines. Transplant into regular potting mix in a container, or try planting it directly in the garden in the sunniest spot possible. It may or may not produce tubers, but at least you've had the opportunity to try! You can increase its chances by using black plastic mulch on the soil, and placing a reflective surface behind the vines to maximize the effects of your diffuse sun.

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