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Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

Posted by prairiemoon2 zone 6a/MA (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 9, 14 at 15:24

I just bought one and now think I'd like a few more. If I put a piece of stem from the Sweet Potato Vine 'Blackie' in water, will it root easily?

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RE: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

see link.. a few down the list.. one of them speaks of a video ..

good luck


Here is a link that might be useful: link

RE: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

Yes, it will root easily in water but why not root cuttings in a good potting medium in the first place? They will root easily that way, too, and your plant will avoid the transition from water borne to normal soil roots.

RE: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

Thanks for the link Ken, I found an article that seems pretty encouraging, I'm going to give it a try.

Rhizo, I have propagated in the past, using a sweater box with a mix of sand and compost with success. I don't like using a pot with a baggie over it. I realize that there is that transition from the water to the soil, but I'm not really getting around the garden easily these days and a glass on the kitchen counter is a lot easier. :-) I've read that if you make the switch to soil, when the roots are only about an inch long, you might have better luck.


Here is a link that might be useful: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

RE: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

Enjoy your new plants! It's fun to make more plants no matter how you do it.

I don't put a baggie over cuttings like that, either. I simply put three stem cuttings in a small clay pot filled with a very, very porous medium...anything with compost probably wouldn't qualify. I've used all perlite, good potting mix plus perlite, or my brand of potting medium (which is largely pine bark fines, plus peat and perlite) .

When the three cuttings take root and begin to grow, I treat them as one plant with three stems. Makes for a much fuller plant. I've never used anything special when rooting easy plants.

It's the woody plants that get the extra care.

RE: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

Thanks Rhizo, I have plenty of perlite, I'm out of pine bark fines. I may try it both ways. :-)

RE: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

You can stick cuttings in your pots that get daily water and within a very short time, they will be growing vigorously. I do this every year. I just stick them where I want them to grow.

RE: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

I keep them over the winter by rooting cuttings in soil. By the end of winter they look pretty sad (if they haven't already died from aphids) but come right back once put in the ground in the spring.

I especially love them as dark-leaved ground cover interspersed throughout the gardens.

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