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Well I am pleased to say my 4 half's of sweet potato held in jars of water with cocktail sticks are going well ....... ok three of them are one looks a bit dead
So how big should I let them grow before I try to detach them and put them into pots or direct to the ground ?

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detach and put into a jar of water! they need more root establishment unless your soil is just right always moist.

and we wait for them to be 4-6 inches long (I can't do the metric conversion this early in the morning, sorry) but I know people that do them smaller. Then they and the halves all get planted at the same time, after last frost.
 
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Dont worry about the metric I was taught both ( thus revealing my advanced age )
Do you mean 4 to six inches of top growth or top and bottom combined ?

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I don't let them get as tall as he did, that was the 4-6 inches where he was nearly a foot tall. I want two small leaves and no more than three big ones, no real reason except that is ingrained in my head from softwood cuttings.
 
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Many many thanks .
Sweet potatos here in France are so exotic you have no idea

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Don't forget to harvest the leaves as greens during the growing season. Very mild flavor and a texture almost like spinach. They're very nutritious and high in protein. I was afraid to try them and waited till the end of last season. Then I kicked myself. The vines were so vigorous we could have kept the household supplied with delicious greens and hardly made a dent in the plants.
 
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David Livingston wrote:Dont worry about the metric I was taught both ( thus revealing my advanced age )
Do you mean 4 to six inches of top growth or top and bottom combined ?

David



No need - they invented the inch, it's the width of your thumb

Pouce
The pouce (English translation = inch or thumb) is a french unit of length.
 
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