Help - I think I started my sweet potato slips too late


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Hi,

I live in Shreveport, Louisiana, Zone 8b, and I started sweet potato slips in early August, not realizing it would take until now for them to get going. They’re just now 4-5 inches tall. Is it too late to split them off and plant them in the ground? Should I plant them in a potato bag and bring them in once it frosts? Will they produce or will it be too cool?
 
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Meadowlark

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Howdy, I'm in your same growing zone in East Texas.

It shouldn't be too late if you can get them in the ground and rooted right away... like today. They would be harvestable late Oct. and that should be fine. I prefer them to go through a frost/freeze as it improves the flavor for someone like me who isn't overly fond of them to start with.

I'm growing some in the ground and also in a container to get a comparison. We should both see sweet potatoes by end of Oct.

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