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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 7, 2017 1:24 PM CST
Is there a way to force sweet taters to sprout ?
In spring, i do the water thing, or I put in soil. All they do is rot.
If I leave them on shelf . They don't sprout till mid summer. Pretty late.
I could get two crops if I could get some to sprout in spring.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 7, 2017 1:48 PM CST
They don't like cold soil. Find a sweet 'tator and plant it this winter in a pot or a jar of water in a sunny window in your house. As only the sweet 'tater knows which way is up, I would plant it on its side in soil. Harvest the sprouts with eye attached and plant them in pots. When it gets warm next spring, when the soil feels warm, plant them out. When you can start pumpkins and beans, you can start the 'tators. They are such a long season crop, I don't think you can get two harvests a summer, no matter what.
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Paul2032
Nov 7, 2017 2:10 PM CST
At one time I was Produce Man. Many of the Sweet Potatoes are treated so that they won't sprout so look for some with sprouts.........
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Name: Amy
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amymdit
Nov 7, 2017 2:13 PM CST
After many failures, I have managed to get my sweet potatoes to sprout for me. First, I bought organic ones. Then I potted them halfway into a potting soil/mushroom compost mix - and stuck them in front of a south facing window. I have since moved them out to my greenhouse where they are awaiting transplanting.

Hope that helps!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 7, 2017 2:21 PM CST
Everyone of those little sprouts is a potential new plant.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 8, 2017 8:57 AM CST
I've done the methods described, to sprout taters. Maybe house to cold.

I had two taters , one from grocery store and one seed set from nursery. I left both in cup board. They both started to sprout, in cupboard, in July. The plants have taters, Sister snuck a couple.
And, Even with the cool to cold nites we've been having, plants are still growing right now. 40s at nite, 60s to 70s during day.

THANKS Thumbs up Y'all . Just gave me a brainstorm 🤔😮😎 !!!
Come spring time, I'm going to try one in water and one in soil , butt ! I'm going to put them on top of refrigerator, till they sprout. OHH !!! WARM !!!😎😎😎

My mother would always have one, about two feet tall, in a jar of water, every year, big and lush.
For EASTER ! 🦃😮😮😮🦃
Ttfn Y'all I tip my hat to you.





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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 8, 2017 9:12 AM CST
Yes, start with an Organic sweet potato.
And even then---I soak them a few days in case the Produce people have sprayed them with that chemical which keeps them from sprouting.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 9, 2017 12:40 PM CST
@CarolineScott
Caroline ! GREAT IDEAL ! Soak them a couple days 👍!!! Just like when ya cure olives, the water leaches the lie out. It makes sense . The water would leach out the anti-sprouting agent in the tater. 🕵️👍to ya 😀

Now, I'm I correct, that you harvest taters after plant dies off ? My plants are still growing.

Ttfn 😎😎😎
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