Growing Sweet Potato Slips Growing Sweet Potato Slips

Growing sweet potato can be a breeze if you have good directions to follow. To grow your own sweet potatoes from slips, just follow the 4 steps below:

ThingsYou'll Need

  • Sweet potatoe(s)
  • Toothpicks
  • Small container(s)
  • Water
  • Sunlit Soil

Step 1 – Choose a Good Sweet Potato

Be sure the sweet potatoes you use are healthy. They should be free of rot, mold, and cuts in the skin.

Step 2 – Preparing your Sweet Potato 

Push 4 toothpicks into the potato at least halfway or a third of the way down from the top of the potato towards the center of the potato, two on each side of the potato.

Step 3 – Placing your Potato in its Container

Be sure your container is large enough in diameter for the potato to fit from top to bottom (vertically) into the container. The potato should be supported in the container by the 4 toothpicks that have been inserted into it. Fill the container with water and place the container where it will receive direct sunlight.

Step 4 – Nurturing your Potato

Maintain the water level by adding water when necessary. Soon eyes will grow from the potato and which are known as slips. When each slip has grown to 6 inches, pinch it off and save it. When you've saved enough slips, they are ready to plant in well-drained, sunlit garden soil.



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