5 May 2019 Sweet Potato Slips


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5 May 2019 Sweet Potato Slips
Posted on May 5, 2019 by Durgan
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Sweet potato slips were produced from a purchased supermarket tuber. The potato was placed in water,and light and allowed to grow for about a month. They were then placed in a growing pot and will allowed to grow for about a month. They will be about 4 inches high and then will be planted outdoors when it is warm about 24 May in my area, Zone 5. Even these small slips will grow without further pot growing. I expect 3 to 5 pounds from each plant depending much upon warm weather. Harvest is late Fall.
 
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Marginal under cover here, so not worthy of the precious space they would take.
Better to grow butternut squash and mix with potato here.
 
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Marginal under cover here, so not worthy of the precious space they would take.
Better to grow butternut squash and mix with potato here.
Sweet potato are grown more and more in my area. Market is not huge. We have them all year in the supermarkets. They keep well. If the Summer is hot they thrive.
 
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Indeed, I believe you have to store them a minimum of six weeks before they're any good, as it takes this long for the starch to turn to sugar.
Do you find this?
 
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Indeed, I believe you have to store them a minimum of six weeks before they're any good, as it takes this long for the starch to turn to sugar.
Do you find this?
At harvest in September I just brush the tubers and place in the root cellar. I eat them fresh dug and enjoy them very much. The thrust being I don't store or take any steps before roasting and eating. They are a fine food IMO. I cannot get the same relish for squash, probably since I never really tried.
 
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I grow them as well. we eat them fresh from the ground and they are plenty sweet and flavorful
 
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Thanks. I am familiar with the curing and storage. I usually only have had about 20 pounds maximum to date. Rabbits I can control but a cool Summer not. The plant likes Sun and heat.
 
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I wasn't trying to familiarise you with it, I was posting to test its validity with people (plural) whose knowledge and experience I have learned to trust.
 

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