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Re: Sweet Potatoes

Post  AtlantaMarie on 2/25/2016, 4:45 am

Thanks, Sanderson...

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Post  sanderson on 2/25/2016, 4:45 pm

And, thank you for bringing it to my attention. Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 5/7/2016, 4:10 pm

Questions . . .The tote on the right has 6 slips. The one on the left has 6 sprouted SP fingerings from fall harvest. Each fingerling has 3 or so slips growing. Should I remove some of the slips so it isn't as crowded? Can I add more MM or compost at this point or will it rot the plants? Thanks in advance.

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Post  sanderson on 5/8/2016, 8:11 pm

Bump. Help??

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Post  littlejo on 5/9/2016, 8:36 am

Hi Sanderson,
Remember, each slip should produce 3 potatoes! So, depending on the size of the tote, you prob. won't have enough room unless you add some mm.

In order to add some more dirt, get dirt ready/handy to go in.  Reach hand into tote, in dirt, and gently lift out slips. This won't hurt the slips. Pull them all out, add some more dirt, and re-plant the slips.

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 5/9/2016, 9:52 am

I have some purple sweet potatoes that have sprouted. I have tiny 1/4 -1/2 inch leaflets coming out of one end.  If I cut the SP and put it half in water how long before I have viable slips?  

I've done the slip thing before in containers and had so-so luck.  To get a slip i want about a 6 inch growth.  I'm guessing about two weeks, since most info says roughly 6 weeks for slips but that's starting with an unsprouted SP in water.

Should I keep the slip in the kitchen window with indirect light or move it to a planting table outside that gets more full light?

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 5/31/2016, 10:05 pm

So I kept them in the kitchen window with indirect light.  Still not to six inches.  Getting close though. So probably one more week to rooting and transplant.

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Post  sanderson on 6/1/2016, 3:43 am

NSR, Did you ever cut the potato in half and suspend in water with tooth picks? That usually produces slips with some roots. Or gently break off the slips and stick in a glass with a little water at the bottom for the roots to grow. Photo?

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 6/1/2016, 5:21 pm

No, I just stuck it in the glass half filled with water.  It produced roots and slips.  The slips are taking off now, about ready to snip them off and root the slips before transplanting.

I don't cut the SPs, whenever the SP is damaged or cut they seem to get fuzzy and root really fast in the water down here.  

I just need to clear a spot in the garden. The butterballs aren't ready to come out.

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Post  No_Such_Reality on 6/11/2016, 1:14 pm

So this week I just twisted off the stems and dropped them into the water.  24 hours later, stems with good root starts.  Planted them Wednesday in the death box planter (Yea, that planter that nothing I plant seems to do well in but volunteers grow like mad ).

Doing okay so far.  Be cool cloudy mornings and sun from noonish on.  

I've got a few more slips about ready to root.  Thinking of seeing if they'll out compete the mint.  German butterballs still aren't ready to come out.

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