how many sweet potato slips to plant? planning question

merrybookwyrmMay 3, 2011

I was trying to figure out how many sweet potato slips to plant if we actually wanted a homegrown Supply.

Is this anywhere near what the experienced would do?

If we want a minimum of 2 sweet potatoes per person per week per year, that would mean 104 sweet potatoes per garden. One source claimed a single sweet potato slip would make between 4 and 10 tubers, so assume 4 tubers per slip. That would mean 26 slips to plant, assuming nothing destroyed the slips or the forming tubers.

Someone posted a saying, plant "one for the rook, one for the crow, one to rot, and one to grow" about seeds. If this applies to sweet potato slips, then 26 x 4 = 104 sweet potato slips to supply 104 sweet potatoes?

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wayne_5 zone 6a Central Indiana

If you have a healthy crop and are not decimated by voles, deer, or such, You could expect to have what you want with 24 plants.

Then you would need to properly cure and store them to keep eating all year. For myself, I find that mine are not as flavorful by spring of the next year...so projecting 52 weeks could be a bit of a stretch.....my take.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 9:35AM
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alabamanicole(7b)

Last year I planted 8 slips, totally ignored them and ended up with about 40 tubers. I have rocky soil, so a lot of them were quite...creative. I think 24 skips would probably get you what you want even accounting for reasonable losses.

Sweet potatoes store a long time in ideal conditions, but a whole year seems unlikely, but slices dehydrate nicely and sweet potato au gratin is very tasty.

(The ugly ones also make great dog treats.)

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 3:41PM
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merrybookwyrm

Wayne_5 and alabamanicole, thank you very much!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 5:23PM
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