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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 07:57 AM

How do you Suth'ren Folks start sweet potato slips?


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Posted April 13, 2014 - 08:45 AM

Ok, I'll bite. Rich, what is a sweet potato slip ?
Perhaps a banana peel would work better ?
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Posted April 13, 2014 - 08:48 AM

Don't know about down South, but here in Minnesota we:

 

'put our left foot in, we pull our left foot out, we put our left foot in and shake it all about,

we do the hokey-pokey and turn ourselves all about'

 

That's what it's all about.


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Posted April 13, 2014 - 11:11 AM

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 11:14 AM

SWEET POTATO PLANTS

 

It's kinda late to start them now,

We always put the sweet potatoes in wet sand and it always worked great!

I know of a whole sell sweet potato seller if you are interested.

Usually we start ours over a month before growing season.



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Posted April 13, 2014 - 11:25 AM

Not sure how the southerners do it, but we northerners cut them like potatoes, sit them partly in water, wait for the shoots to get about 6" tall, and then treat them like Geraniums.

 

We start in January.  The store bought ones seem to be sprayed with an anti-sprouting agent.  The first year we did it, the store bought ones only sprouted about 25%.  We have used our own ever since and have a much better sprout rate.

 

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Posted April 13, 2014 - 03:00 PM

Ok, I'll bite. Rich, what is a sweet potato slip ?
Perhaps a banana peel would work better ?

 

 

Don't know about down South, but here in Minnesota we:

 

'put our left foot in, we pull our left foot out, we put our left foot in and shake it all about,

we do the hokey-pokey and turn ourselves all about'

 

That's what it's all about.

It;s soooooo hard to start an intelligent conversation around here.

 

I only know I've heard talk of slips. I assumed (yeah, I know!)  they were rooted stems.


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Posted April 14, 2014 - 08:56 AM

Well it looks like the best answer you have got was from New Canadian. I have never started them from slips ( excluding that science experiment in science class in the 5th grade and he described it well) . And for you young pups, yes they did teach science way back then!  (the amazing part is I still remeber ) :D

I have bought them plants and grown them with mixed results. Years ago I had good luck with Georgia Jets.  Last year with the drought and I think the ground was to clay compacted what I got was about the size of a pencil?

We really like sweet potatoes and I'm not about to give up.  But if you start your slips I would sure follow your progress!!


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Posted April 14, 2014 - 09:12 AM

Wolfgang: I would not be surprized if they are known by another name in Germany. Sweet potatoes are believed to come from Central America and Yam's from Africa. Oddly USA Department of Agriculture requires them to be labeled as both though they are distinctly different genus. The question was addressed to southerners because they grow best in the southern US and are more of a staple there than in the North. I have had mixed results growing them in Iowa because our climate is not ideal for growing them. When I was a kid we only had them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. They were kind of exotic produce( a Rare Treat)?  Now they are available year round and I eat them at least once a week.

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Posted April 15, 2014 - 07:21 AM

Wolfgang: I would not be surprized if they are known by another name in Germany. Sweet potatoes are believed to come from Central America and Yam's from Africa. Oddly USA Department of Agriculture requires them to be labeled as both though they are distinctly different genus. The question was addressed to southerners because they grow best in the southern US and are more of a staple there than in the North. I have had mixed results growing them in Iowa because our climate is not ideal for growing them. When I was a kid we only had them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. They were kind of exotic produce( a Rare Treat)?  Now they are available year round and I eat them at least once a week.

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Thanx for the explanation! Indeed sweet potatoes are imported from Brasil and other soutern countries here in D (wikipedia sayas). I don't think, I ate them before...

 

EDIT: I think, I ask my wife - she our personal familiar potatoe guru


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