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Old December 3, 2016   #16
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I should try some this next year, since I don't really have a winter. One of my friends planted 3 slips last spring & they covered about 250 sq ft of ground at around 2 or so feet high, but I don't think I have that kind of room. I should ask her how her harvest went....
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Old December 4, 2016   #17
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The last of my sweet potato from the 2016 crop was set aside to grow six slips. My procedure is to place the potato in soil just below the surface and let it grow in light. The slips grew well (25 days) and were removed and placed in water for about a week to develop stronger roots. Then they will be planted in a pot to grow, until planted in the outdoor garden. I find the growth is excellent using this method, and it is convenient since only six plants are required.
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Old December 5, 2016   #18
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I have had sweet potatoes make rather large potatoes under pine bark mulch. Those tators are very fun to grow and if you plant them around your house like I did, you only have to plant them one year.
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Old December 5, 2016   #19
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Thanks Worth! I grew sweet potatoes two years with horrible results. I may give them a whirl in 2017 and try waiting until July. I never would have dreamed waiting that long before!
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Durgan, how are your potted slips doing? How do you keep them at a manageable size indoors? I started my store bought organic sweet potatoes too early and they grew up the rack and onto the ceiling. Not wanting to repeat that again.

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Durgan, how are your potted slips doing? How do you keep them at a manageable size indoors? I started my store bought organic sweet potatoes too early and they grew up the rack and onto the ceiling. Not wanting to repeat that again.

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I put the plants in larger pots and have them in the greenhouse. The frost nipped them a bit and I cut some of the vegetation down. I had this experience in the out door garden one year when the rabbits kept on eating the vegetation, so cutting the vegetation is a viable method of keeping them. But I wont start them so soon next year. I also started some more slips for insurance. I will add some more pictures later.
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Durgan, how are your potted slips doing? How do you keep them at a manageable size indoors? I started my store bought organic sweet potatoes too early and they grew up the rack and onto the ceiling. Not wanting to repeat that again.

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My sweet potato slips were started too early so they are being cut back as required and will be kept alive until planting time about the end or May. They have been touched by frost, since my greenhouse is not ideal as for temperature when the outside gets below about minus 10C. There is a heating mat under the pots.
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Thank you for the photo. What would you estimate the latest time to start slips would be for a June 1 plant out?

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Thank you for the photo. What would you estimate the latest time to start slips would be for a June 1 plant out?

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Sometimes the shoots take a long time to start sprouting. I think about March 15 to 30 is a good time to start.
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