Sweet potato vines?

tdel123January 29, 2014

I tried to grow slip from a sweet potato from the grocery store, nothing comes out. Would this be the same vine people grow in hanging baskets? I would love to grow some for my hanging basket, can anybody help?

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I've tried plants from slips the last three years. I haven't seen a bloom. I have got a few small tubers. They have been grown in a large pot in full sun.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 12:02PM
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I have grown slips from sweet potatoes I bought. The plants are, IMHO, just a plain dull green, not the yellow or black ones you get at the nursery. Those you need to buy. Once you have them, some people either keep the tubers or take cuttings in the fall. My neighbour used to take cuttings in the fall and she always had wonderful planters.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 8:36AM
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I guess I will have to buy some.
Thank you that's very helpful information.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 6:29PM
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I find getting sprouts from grocery store sweet potatoes takes a very long tome, (10 weeks?). I think they are treated to prevent sprouting in order to lengthen their shelf life. Despite this, I have had them sprout and grow potatoes. For a good crop, they need lotsa sun and no water. They are not spectacular like the decorative varieties seen in hanging pots; but will grow in large planters as 'fillers'.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 5:18PM
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Place the sweet potatoes in jars of water on a heat mat and cover with spun-bonded polyester row cover. They will begin sprouting in 2-3 weeks.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 12:44PM
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sherylgallant(Kelowna, BC z6)

I have had success growing them in the winter in water too, but it has to be kept very warm for them to sprout. Not cold temps or drafts at night in winter. I also start them in Nov/Dec to get sprouts for the spring. It does take a long time to start.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 3:40PM
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Thanks for the sprouting tips folks! I'll move mine to a heated spot right away.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 12:29AM
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Moved my sweet potatoes into a heated plastic "greenhouse", (Princess Auto shelves with a plastic cover) on March 9th. Got my first sprout April 20th, so about 6 weeks for initial success.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 10:37PM
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A few years ago I grew some planted directly in my garden. They were organic sweet potatoes tho which are less likely to be treated so more likely to sprout easily.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 10:13AM
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