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cuttings vs slips - sweet potatoes

 
Leah Sattler
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I know that slips are usually retrieved from a sprouted tuber. I have dug up and potted some sweet potatoes that didn't have enough time to finish this last year. I was even surprised to find them when I was clearing out the garden for fall! they are some variety that is white I think. I can't remember the details, the slips were given to me. it appears to be quite happy in the house. even though I chopped off some longer vines and just stuck them in the pot. a few brown leaves but they seem to have already rooted themselves.

I am assuming that cuttings in the spring will serve the same purpose as slips. am I wrong? is there some growth hormone type reason why it needs to actually come off the tuber or something like that?

 
Brenda Groth
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i really don't know what difference there would be..don't know if they'll produce in your house or not either..guess experimenting is the key here.
 
Leah Sattler
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that was my thinking too I guess. what could the difference be really I suppose they may make something in the house too. they had some little tubers when I dug them up. my main point of digging them up was to hopefully have a decent plant to take lots of cuttings/slips from to stick in the ground next year. since sweet potato slips are something I have to order and I know myself and know i never never have and never will, I was going to be really dissapointed that I finally got my hands on some sweet potatoes (and a cool variety at that) and went and blew my chances.....
 
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We just using cuttings here for camote, which is the same family. works just fine. It is important to keep the vines trimmed back to a reasonable amount to encourage building tubers and to prevent them from taking over the property. We have no frost, so nothing kills them back. 
 
Leah Sattler
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yeah. I finally found a site that actually mentions growing tubers from regular cuttings too, so it looks like it will be successful. I was so worried that they would be wasted. I haven't had much luck getting slips and growing from grocery store sweet potatoes. maybe that common variety doesn't like the climate here.......this one seems to have done well despite suboptimal conditions and I am looking forward to getting them in the ground on time next year.
 
Jennifer Smith
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I will be spending Thanksgiving in Alabama so can check my sweet potato bed next week. 

It has come back well each year that I was there. 

I got big bunches of sweets, enough that we never bought or even opened a can after they established well...and that was with chicken damage as they would find some and like them. 
 
Leah Sattler
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jennifer - do remember what variety you planted? i prefer to try varieties that other home gardeners have found to be successful.
 
Jennifer Smith
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Sorry it took me so long...I didn't get to go to Alabama afterall and I have been a bit bummed.

I bought a 9 pack from walmart, jewel or georgia jet, it has been a few years now.  I hope they are jet and I can bring them to a sheltered spot here.  I asked and was told they grew well all summer but no one has dug any.
 
Leah Sattler
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I know I have heard of goergia jet around here. they must be pretty popular and easy. I would like to get a traditional variety going also. I am not totally convinced that the white variety is going to be tasty. I certainly can't imagine it having the typical vit a content sweets are known for.
 
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oh man i am so jealous

I love sweet potatoes, though I love sweet potato greens even more!

it will work no doubt as long as you make sure your sweet potatoes don't get over watered and get moldy
 
Jennifer Smith
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I have never heard of eatting the leaves and were told they are poison.  Please tell me if you grow a special kind or fix them a special way?  This is a great addition as I have a nice perennial bed at the AL house.  I hope to bring some up here.
 
Leah Sattler
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from my understanding all sweet potato leaves are fine to eat and very good for you!
http://ifitandhealthy.com/eating-healthy-sweet-potato-leaves/
 
Jennifer Smith
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Thank you Leah.  It is so hard to get back in the mindset of zone 5 from zone 8.  I am kind a borderline 5/6 so hope to micorclimate and get fig and sweets... avacodos would be great!

If I can not get sweets to go perennial, I plan to over winter as a house plant some vines.  My artichoke has done so well in my front window, one of the best choke plants I have grown at any house so far.  (I have never gotten one to survive, they find new and creative way to die)
 
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