This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

sweet potato sprouts

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Since last fall (Oct 2010 - over a year ago!) I have held a basket of small sweet potatoes to see if they would sprout. Finally it seems they are sprouting. I am thinking about howI can set them up so they will grow inside over this winter. Looks like sweet potatoes may be a biennial crop for me.



Anonymous Norma Chang said...

I am experimenting for the first time to grow my sweet potatoes slip indoor over the winter. I brought in 1 cutting (should have brought in more)before the frost, rooted it and potted up. Am also rooting 3 different varieties in water. Would love to know how you are doing with overwintering your slips.

November 16, 2011 9:01 AM

Blogger Humble wife said...

I love it when another blogger shares something like this as patience seems to be the key to sweet potatoes!


November 16, 2011 9:41 AM

Anonymous Glass Etching said...

Sweet potato spurts so nice and more testy that can be enjoy in that dish.

November 17, 2011 12:28 AM

Anonymous Dmarie said...

we had a gargantuan sweet potato harvest this year. so much so I've been accumulating recipes to try: sweet potato biscuits will be my next experiment. wish me luck! ;)

November 17, 2011 9:44 AM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

I keep sprouting regular potatoes and onions in the vegetable compartments in the refrigerator.

November 17, 2011 5:13 PM

Anonymous Donald said...

Put the whole sprouted sweet potato in dirt the bottom will develop roots and keep until you need the slips. When the summer starts cut off 1ft slips and root them in water. Then plant them in the garden after you harden them off

November 19, 2011 3:14 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Donald. I will do that.

November 19, 2011 12:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would put them in a removable cold frame, i did some in the last year started late they came out but were very very small maybe too much rain,,, next year maybe peanuts :-)

November 22, 2011 3:40 AM

Anonymous Donald said...

I grew Sweet Potaotes this year i did not use row covers got a good bag of Sweets but no giants i should have used Black row covers. The years i used them i had a monster crop. Saved a few small Sweets for slips for next year. When they sprout im going to put then in dirt. Another mistake i made was if you let the roots get too big from the slips it make for a whole bunch of stringy Sweet Potaotes.

November 27, 2011 6:22 PM


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