Sweet Potato slips question

novagrdnr7aMay 6, 2012

I realize now I made a mistake in using too small a piece of sweet potato to start slips. I used only about 1/3 of the tuber and the shoots that developed only got to about 3-4 inches. Can these still be planted and expect to produce any sort of decent crop ? Thanks for any help.

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fusion_power

Sweetpotatoes are morning glories, they can grow from even a tiny plant and produce normal roots. So the answer is Yes!

DarJones

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 8:26AM
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calliope(6)

for sure! Not only that, they don't even need slips to start, even though you see it as the only method mentioned. You can take tip cuttings and root them.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 11:13AM
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gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

any portion of tuber is sufficient so long as it is viable and produces slips, and yes if you know for sure tubers are viable they can be direct planted, but to be sure we use our method so we know we have viable material.

the same with normal potatoes if they bud we know for sure they will grow.

len

Here is a link that might be useful: lens growing sweet spuds and pines

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 3:30PM
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novagrdnr7a

Thank you all for your informative replies !

    Bookmark   May 6, 2012 at 10:43PM
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