Maureen Atsali wrote:Curiosity got the best if me, and I decided to dig out just one or two vines from the edge of the row. And I found absolutely NO tubers. Not even a tiny immature one. I guess that'll teach me.... Be patient and let time take time. And if by bad luck I don't get many potatoes... The goats and the rabbits will enjoy the vines. 😣
Pearl Sutton wrote:Question: to slip a sweet potato, I see people cutting them horizontally and putting them in a cup, and laying them whole in a pan of water. I have some huge ones I want to slip (coconut sized +) would it work to cut them vertically and lay the cut side in water? I'm thinking that increases the up sides where the slips come from the most.
Pearl Sutton wrote:Those big ones have not sprouted at all. It COULD be too cold for them, OR they could have been treated, I did buy them at a store.
If they were treated, is there any way to clean it off?
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The place they are has a grow light, but is drafty, and it's been colder than expected.
Judith Browning wrote:
If they're not treated they should show signs of sprouts by now.
A warmer area is more important than light early on...once they've kicked in more light helps.
As long as you are experimenting, try wrapping one in a wet towel or rags for a few days...I've heard this suggested for sweet potatoes that have been well cured for storage to rehydrate their skin.
On a 1-10 scale I'd give them a 7.5 or 8. Not the best I have ever had, but definitely good.
Are they tasty or just big? Someone gave us some huge ones from texas once that had no flavor at all but they were quite large.
Pearl Sutton wrote:WHOO! Buds on the big ones! I put them out in the sun, it warmed up enough to do so. YAY!! Buds on my small ones too. Yay!!
Pearl Sutton wrote:Yeah they are rooting :)
I have slipped sweets before, which is why I was frustrated by these. That corner of the house really is drafty.
Judith Browning wrote:
I've been wondering if you ended up cutting them as you first mentioned? and they are in water?
Mark Reed wrote:In my experience sweet potatoes are extremely easy to propagate. A shoot say four or five inches long does not even need roots. You can just stick it in the ground and keep it watered good for a few days. Only qualifier for that is that it should be above 50 F at night. It seems they actually take off growing better and ultimately make a better harvest if they are planted with very few established roots. When I plant mine if there area a lot of roots on a shoot I generally cut that end off. leaving few if any stringy roots. Just the little bumps is better for establishing a new plant. It's very common during the season for discarded trimmings to root down and start growing.
An established root system as you might get from potting a slip up before planting out is actually counterproductive to a good harvest of sweet potatoes. In can however be a very good way of propagating more slips. For example if you have slips well before it is warm enough to put out you can pot them up and pinch out the tips which will cause them to branch out. Then you can clip each branch to make new plants. You can also pot a longer one horizontally and new slips will form at each leaf joint.
Mark Reed wrote:In my experience sweet potatoes are extremely easy to propagate. A shoot say four or five inches long does not even need roots. You can just stick it in the ground and keep it watered good for a few days. Only qualifier for that is that it should be above 50 F at night.
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