Sweet pototoes/ Yams

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  1. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    When would one try to start some slips to plant in Jan?? I only need About 2 doz. plants any ideas?? plus how many potoes/yams will it take to start that many. thanks
     
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    I would plant two taters now to have slips by Jan, even if the vines get a little long just cut off the last 12-15 inches on it and use that to plant.
     

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    how do you intend to do this James? I might tag along and try too.
     
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    I was thinking that I might try to get the slips to grow in the jar method. But I have read that you can raise the slips in A planter box also. Any ideas on the better of the 2 methods?? thanks
     
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    I would try both methods then you cant fail LOL I love sweet potatoes I am ordering 500 from the place I made the thread about next spring and then after that I will start my own slips in hot houses and the jar method.
     
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    I usually just take the sweet potato and lay it in a tray or box with a couple of inches of potting soil. I push it in the soil so that the potatoe is about 1/2 buried. Water it and watch the eyes go to town. When the vines get a 3"-4" long, I cut them off and put them in baby food jars filled with water. Replace the water once a week or so and in a couple of weeks, you will have vigorous roots growing. They can stay in the jars for quite some time, but I just transplant them into 4" pots until last frost. I sold several hundred that I propagated this way last year.
     
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    I'm definitely gonna try this.
     
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    BTW...sweet potatoes are not yams. These are two different species.
     
  9. uncle Will in In.

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    Where will you plant sweet potatoes in January?
     
  10. james dilley

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    Here at the house the Temp in jan is mid 60 degree range. I Am an hour to the gulf and 8 miles or so to Old Mexico. And we have A 300 plus day growing season here.
     
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    So is it time to start these sweet potatoes? I picked one up at the grocery store yesterday. james, are you going with the water or soil method?
     
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    I was thinking the water method. But may also try the soil method too.