How to Grow Beautiful Sweet PotatoesKelly
Growing this amazing staple in your garden this year is a must! But aren’t sweet potatoes difficult to grow? No way! Let me show you how to grow sweet potatoes in water!
I absolutely LOVE sweet potatoes! They are not only incredibly healthy for you, but studies ranked the sweet potato #1 vegetable in overall nutrition.
Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber and Vitamin A, but they also boast of Vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and B6.
They can be enjoyed so many ways! I love them as a side dish with loads of butter and salt, but you can make quick breads, pies, casseroles and even stir-fry!
Sweet potatoes are a member of the bindweed, or morning glory family. This explains the gorgeous vinery and flowers that they produce, so beautiful to look at!
Sweet potatoes aren’t grown from seeds, but rather “slips”. Slips are sprouts from another sweet potato. Slips are super easy to grow!! (This might remind you of an experiment you did in the first grade!)
In order to grow sweet potato slips in water, you will need….
- -An organic sweet potato from last years crop, the grocery store or health food store (make sure that the potatoes haven’t been treated against sprouting)
- -A jar with mouth large enough to allow for each sweet potato
- -A dozen or so toothpicks (4 per potato)
Wash your potato/es with a mild soap to get off any dirt or bacteria. Dry well.
In a “T” shape, insert your toothpicks into the top half of the sweet potato.
Next, fill your mason jar about 1/2 way with water and slowly place your sweet potato in there. If the water is a little too high, pour some out. The bottom fourth of the potato should be immersed.
Every few days, replace the water. After a week or so, you should start to see little sprouts coming out of your potatoes!
Alternative Way to Grow Slips
You can just as easily lay the seed sweet potato in a shallow pan of water, like a repurposed aluminium pan and accomplish the same results. Make sure the sweet potato is 1/2 way covered with water.
Exciting! So when the sprouts look something like this, pluck them off gently and put them in a jar of water by themselves, so that they can root.
Once they have a good root system, you should plant them in your garden, once the chance of frost has past.
Sweet Potato Growing Conditions
Sweet potatoes prefer well-drained soil in a sunny spot with warm conditions.
Loomy soil with a pH from 5.0-7.5 will grow your best sweet potatoes!
Space your plants about 18″ apart to give them room to spread out.
Recipes for Sweet Potatoes