Vegetables and Fruit forum: Starting sweet potato slips

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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 23, 2017 3:05 PM CST
My ace hardware just got in sweet potato seeds, my 1st time with them.
3 pronged question. 1st. do i leave atop frig in box till it starts to sprout or start to slip now ?
2 nd. Instructions say to cut in half and put cut side in water half way. Makes since ?
3 rd. I want to store second seed for planting mid-season. Whats best way to store it ?
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greene
Feb 23, 2017 5:46 PM CST
I'm a bit confused. Are you talking about 'seeds' or are you talking about sweet potatoes that will be used to make 'slips'? Please clarify. Thank You!
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CarolineScott
Feb 24, 2017 9:17 AM CST
Cut them in half and place in water half way up.( or prop them in water in jars)
They will send up slips at different rates.
Those slips can be rooted in water or moist vermiculite.
If you need them later:- keep them growing, and you can take cuttings from the first ones. Root the cuttings.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 24, 2017 1:19 PM CST
@greene.
There little sweet potatoes. Like irish potato seeds.
I've never heard of an actual seed seed. Is there such a thing ??? Shrug!
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greene
Feb 24, 2017 5:41 PM CST
I don't think there is such a thing as a 'sweet potato seed' (I could be wrong).
For regular white potatoes I buy what is called 'seed potatoes', cut them up and plant them.

For the sweet potatoes I just buy one or two sweet potatoes from the organic grocery section of the store and let them make slips.

Hope you take photos of your progress with the sweet potatoes. Thumbs up
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Feb 26, 2017 10:32 AM CST
@greene : Hi there girl ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž
I was goona do as you said. Get an organic one. I newer knew you could buy seeds. But. Last week at Fresno Ag, ace. I was woundering around garden. And POW # right there in front of me. There they were ๐Ÿ˜ฎ!
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Seeds are about 4 and 5 inches long.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 28, 2017 7:41 PM CST
"Seed potatoes" and "potato seeds" aren't the same thing... It IS possible to get "real seeds," called "true potato seeds" for Irish potatoes (they come from the little pods formed by the flowers on the potato vines). I've never seen or heard of "true seeds" for sweet potatoes, but I imagine it would be possible.

Philip, what you're calling "seeds" appear to just be small sweet potatoes ("seed sweet potatoes," not "sweet potato seeds." LOL)
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farmerdill
Mar 1, 2017 6:43 AM CST
Concur: A relatively new wrinkle is to market small untreated sweet potato roots as "seed" sweet potatoes. I have also seen the small ones marketed as "baby" sweet potatoes. The power of advertising. Sweet potatoes do form true seeds similar to a regular morning glory. Breeders are the only folks using them tho. They are all hybrids and take a very long season to form so not feasible for growers or home gardeners. Like the solanum "true " potato seeds I expect someone to start marketing them in the near future as a rare novelty.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 1, 2017 4:03 PM CST
Sandy ... Potato seed .../...seed potato ? Grumbling ? Im Confused.
I never heard of any kind of potato seed. Just the little seed potatoes that you buy, like the picture i sent.

Dillard....? You saying that i got ripped off ??? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Well ! That stinks ###
Now !!! How about my question of cutting them in half, and rooting them, cut side down in water ???
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Weedwhacker
Mar 1, 2017 5:06 PM CST
LOL, Philip -- you didn't get ripped off Smiling . (at least I don't think you did)

As far as starting them by cutting in half and putting the cut end in the water, I'm not sure; I've always just stuck a whole sweet potato with what I thought was the root end in the water in a canning jar (if the jar is too big I stick a few toothpicks around the sweet potato to hold it up off the bottom). Pretty soon little shoots will start growing; when they get a few inches long you can break them off of the potato and either root them in water, or plant them in soil and keep them moist so they will form roots.

If you want to read more about "true potato seed," here's a link to an article written by Joseph Lofthouse : http://garden.lofthouse.com/bo...

And, as Farmerdill said, sweet potatoes are a member of the morning glory family (Ipomoea) and the vines will eventually flower and form seeds. My climate isn't too conducive to that, though!
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farmerdill
Mar 1, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Not necessarily. Depends on how premium a price you paid for them. In the case of Irish potatoes, They can carry diseases and there are quite a few diseases. The Department of Agriculture has set standards for potatoes sold for seed. Potatoes sold for seed must meet those standards in order to be certified. No certification is available for sweet potatoes No Certified seed potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are about as carefree as anything in the vegetable world, so there are innumerable ways of starting plants. The potato in a jar of water works fine especially for a small number of plants. Some folks cut them in half others don't. I personally like to suspend the whole potato in a jar ( using three toothpicks spaced around the middle so that the root end half is submerged. I use several hundred plants tho, so I prefer to start them in a bed. This at present is a basic cold frame, a 3X 3 hole 18 inches deep, wooden frame and covered with glass. Plastic would work but I like rigidity of glass. I then add about 4 inches of promix, lay the sweet potatoes in the bed and cover with a second 4 inches of promix. water them down good and cover with the glass. Add water often enough to keep them damp but not wet. I can do that in Georgia. In cooler climates extra heat is needed. In my youth we made hot beds by using fresh manure the bottom of hole. It heated as it decomposed and provided the necessary heat. Today soil tapes could be used. The big plant farms pipe hot water under the beds. https://www.tatorman.com/tator...
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 1, 2017 8:58 PM CST
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Mar 1, 2017 10:11 PM CST
Ditto on Farmer Dill & WeedWhackers' method of sprouting them. The neat thing is when it puts out sprouts, you can break them off and root them in a small containers with potting soil and the potato will continue growing vines and producing more slips. One sweet tater can produce many plants. I let the slips root well before planting in ground. That really seems to give them a good start. You will enjoy this venture... Hurray!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 2, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Thanks y'all again ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
My mother use to grow a sweet potato in a jar of water, every year, for Easter. It was beautiful and big, probably? A good 18 to 24 inches. All full and lush. She did it for fun and looks. I wasnt into gardening yet, otherwise i would of planted them suckers.

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@farmerdill ! I paid 2 dollars for the box of 2 seed sweet pototes. 1 tater would of cost me about a buck. Butt !!! Shrug! If these really are seed sweet potatoes, do you think i got a bargain ???
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Weedwhacker
Mar 2, 2017 3:05 PM CST
Philip, I think $2 is a lot cheaper than what you would pay for the number of started plants that you should get from the two sweet potatoes.

The vines are also edible, if you didn't know that already Smiling
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 2, 2017 3:17 PM CST
Who. What. Why. How. Grumbling
Fresh. Fried. Boiled. Stems. Leafs.
What the HAY ????
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Mar 2, 2017 4:16 PM CST
Usually Asian dishes. Here is one from the Philippines. http://www.motherearthnews.com... http://sornascollection.blogsp... Google sweet potato leaf recipes and you will find quite a few.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Mar 2, 2017 5:29 PM CST
Dillard !!! Sounds ???
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