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How to Grow Sweet Potato Slips: The easy way!

I LOVE sweet potatoes!



If I had to pick one vegetable to live off for the rest of my life, it would be hands down sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are delicious, nutritious and can be prepared so many different ways.


Growing sweet potatoes is very easy, as long as you have long enough growing season. Sweet potatoes do take a long time to mature and produce good sized tubers.


First thing you need to grow sweet potatoes are slips. That's what they are called! Have you ever seen a sweet potato that had little plants growing out of it? That is called a slip!


You will need these little slips to grow more sweet potatoes. And growing the slips is so easy! I've used the jar of water method for couple of years and while it worked, it wasn't my favorite method. The water had to be changed if I didn't change it often it would get so gross!


I will teach you another method that is so much easier and mostly hands free until planting time!


What you will need:


  • Sweet potatoes (either saved from last years harvest, from a seed company or organic ones from the grocery store). Select the best quality tubers. I always set aside the best looking tubers for next years planting. Even better if the tubers have tiny little plants growing on it!

  • Large pot with drainage holes on the bottom. I love to use nursery pots that are at least 2 gallon in size.

  • Good quality potting mix. I've been using promix and love it!

  • Bright/warm spot INSIDE the house to place the pots until planting time.

What you need to do:

  • Fill the pot about halfway with moist potting mix.



  • Place the sweet potatoes on their side on top of the soil. If the potato has little plants growing on it, make sure to keep those facing up.

  • Cover the potatoes with about 1 inch of soil.



  • Place the pots on a tray and place it in a bright and warm location INSIDE your house.

  • Water the pot as needed. I usually water it when the soil on top looks dry.

What you will see:


  • Not much for about 3 weeks. But than you will see tiny little seedlings popping out of the soil. So exiciting!


  • Once you have lots of little seedlings poking out, add more soil. Don't bury the seedlings completely. Where ever the soil touches the seedlings new roots will grow and this is what you want!

  • Fertilize about every 2 weeks with diluted water soluble fertilizer.

  • The slips can get very long (sweet potato plant is a vine). If you want, you can snip some these slips and root them in water, or you can just let them grow and enjoy the beautiful plant! That's what I do :)


That's it. This is by far the easiest method for growing sweet potato slips! I hope you give sweet potato a small space in your garden this year. They are so easy to grow and so versatile in the kitchen.


Happy Gardening!



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