The Q&A Archives: Sweet Potatoes

Question: How do you grow sweet potatoes? DO you just buy them in a grocerie store and plant them? Do you wait until they have eyes? Do you put them in water and let the sprout eyes that way? Help"

Answer: Sweet potatoes for the garden are usually started by planting slips or prestarted plants that are sold bareroot (Burpee offers several types). The varieties offered to gardeners are those best suited to growing at home as opposed to under commercial production practices. Another reason for this is that it takes quite some time and very warm temperatures to get them started initially and it is difficult to do reliably under average home conditions.

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