How To Grow A Sweet Potato From A Sweet Potato

Thinking about growing your own food? Sweet potatoes are a perfect place to start, even for beginners! They’re tasty, easy to care for, and can save you money at the grocery store.


Choosing the Right Sweet Potato

You don’t need fancy seeds to grow sweet potatoes! Look in your pantry – that sweet potato with little sprouts might be the key to your own harvest.

How To Grow A Sweet Potato From A Sweet Potato

Those little sprouts on your sweet potato are called “slips,” and they’re the magic ingredient for growing your own sweet potatoes. Here’s what to do:

Separate the Slip: Gently twist or pinch off a sprout with some stem attached (the slip).

Root Power: You can either place the slip in a jar of water with the stem submerged, waiting for roots to grow, or plant the slip directly in soil. Both methods work well!

Planting Time: Find a big pot or a sunny spot in your garden with good drainage (important to prevent rot). Sweet potatoes love warm weather, so wait until after the last frost to plant outdoors.

Sweet Potato Care

Sweet potatoes are low-maintenance superstars! Here’s how to keep them happy:

Soil Love: Use a well-draining potting mix or create raised mounds in your garden for planting. You can even add some compost for extra nutrients (free compost might be available at your local community center!).

Sun Seekers: Sweet potatoes love sunshine! Aim for at least 6 hours of sun a day.

Watering Wisely: Water regularly, especially during hot weather, but avoid soggy soil.

Bonus Tip: Once your sweet potato vine gets going, you can snip off some leaves and shoots for a delicious addition to salads or stir-fries.

Harvesting Your Bounty

Sweet potatoes are usually ready to harvest 4-6 months after planting, or when the leaves start turning yellow. Dig them up carefully and enjoy the fruits (or should we say roots?) of your labor!

Ready to grow your own sweet potato patch? With a little care, you’ll be enjoying delicious homegrown goodness in no time!

Leave a Comment