Sweet potato seeds?

summertime2006January 5, 2014

Just wondering if anyone sells sweet potato seeds instead of sweet potato slips.

I could never find any seeds for sweet potatoes and I always wondered that.

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Sweet potatoes do not seed much, so breeders would be the only folks playing with seeds. They are easy to proprogate by slips or cuttings.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 2:14PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

They also don't produce true from seed.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 4:37PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

And it would take 2 years (or 2 full growing seasons) to get any edible potatoes from them.

There are many good reasons why sweet potatoes are grown from slips and not seeds, even if you could get them.


    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 5:12PM
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It would be a fun project in a frost-free climate, though.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 7:42PM
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Sweet potato have seeds. sweet potatoes can be sexual reproduction, but also asexual reproduction

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 11:18PM
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Thanks Farmerdill, Rhizi 1, Digdirt, Pnbrown and Cleverley

I had no idea about some of those things. I guess that is why I never see seeds for sweet potatoes!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 10:57AM
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weedlady(Central OH 6)

My sweet potatoes produced a few flowers for the very first time here in central OH - it was so hot last year I expect they thought they were in NC or somewhere! LOL Of course, they are the same family (Convolvulaceae) as morning glories, and that is just what the flowers looked like.
Glad I saw this post (en route to searching for something else!)... reminds me I am late starting my slips!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 10:38AM
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