Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

prairiemoon2 z6 MAJuly 9, 2014

I just bought one and now think I'd like a few more. If I put a piece of stem from the Sweet Potato Vine 'Blackie' in water, will it root easily?

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

see link.. a few down the list.. one of them speaks of a video ..

good luck


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 4:56PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Yes, it will root easily in water but why not root cuttings in a good potting medium in the first place? They will root easily that way, too, and your plant will avoid the transition from water borne to normal soil roots.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 5:08PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks for the link Ken, I found an article that seems pretty encouraging, I'm going to give it a try.

Rhizo, I have propagated in the past, using a sweater box with a mix of sand and compost with success. I don't like using a pot with a baggie over it. I realize that there is that transition from the water to the soil, but I'm not really getting around the garden easily these days and a glass on the kitchen counter is a lot easier. :-) I've read that if you make the switch to soil, when the roots are only about an inch long, you might have better luck.


Here is a link that might be useful: Can I root Sweet Potato 'Blackie' in water?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 5:24PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Enjoy your new plants! It's fun to make more plants no matter how you do it.

I don't put a baggie over cuttings like that, either. I simply put three stem cuttings in a small clay pot filled with a very, very porous medium...anything with compost probably wouldn't qualify. I've used all perlite, good potting mix plus perlite, or my brand of potting medium (which is largely pine bark fines, plus peat and perlite) .

When the three cuttings take root and begin to grow, I treat them as one plant with three stems. Makes for a much fuller plant. I've never used anything special when rooting easy plants.

It's the woody plants that get the extra care.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 7:47PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Thanks Rhizo, I have plenty of perlite, I'm out of pine bark fines. I may try it both ways. :-)

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 7:55PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

You can stick cuttings in your pots that get daily water and within a very short time, they will be growing vigorously. I do this every year. I just stick them where I want them to grow.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 1:17PM
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I keep them over the winter by rooting cuttings in soil. By the end of winter they look pretty sad (if they haven't already died from aphids) but come right back once put in the ground in the spring.

I especially love them as dark-leaved ground cover interspersed throughout the gardens.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 10:55AM
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