Heirloom sweet potatoes in California

RichardPrimbs(z24CA)May 25, 2005

Hi,

Somebody posted earlier asking about buying heirloom sweet potatoes in California. And I recently bought some Japanese "Okinawa" sweet potato plants (An absolutely delicious purple sweet potato) from Steve Spangler at "Exotica rare fruit nursery" in Vista Calironia.

I think that sweet potatoes can get a leaf curf disease. And California creates such a hassle and charges so much for inspections that it's not worth it for the growers to ship into California...

People typically 'slip' their own sweet potatoes. I've had the directions e-mailed to me and I can forward them on if anybody is interested.

Richard Primbs

Encinitas (Leucadia) CA

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goodlifegardener(coastal CA)

I'd love to get some directions on slipping sweet potatoes! I've been wanting to try growing sweet potatoes for ages. I can get some organic, possibly heirloom, sweet potatoes at our local natural foods store. If I could start my own slips I'd be thrilled!

Did the nursery you bought your slips from have other varieties? Do they ship within CA?

Thanks bunches!
goodlifegardener (dragged out of lurking by the temptation of sweet potatoes...)

    Bookmark   May 26, 2005 at 1:53PM
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RichardPrimbs(z24CA)

Hi,

I had directions for starting slips e-mailed to me by "Gwen in LA". Hopefully she won't mind if I post her directions here.

"I start the potatoes growing by laying them on damp perlite, and waiting for them to sprout. Laying them on their sides, about 1/3 of the way down in perlite (or clean sand).

When the sprouts are about 8" long, push them off the tuber with your thumb, and transplant in good friable soil, with about 3" of tip and several leaves showing. Water immediately, and keep damp. In a few weeks they will start to 'run', making long vines."

And I think that Steve does ship within California. He's located in Vista CA (2508-B East Vista Way) which is north of San Deigo and south of Los Angelos off of the I-5 freeway. Exotica's phone number is 760-724-9093.

And amazingly I have been given the name of another source ofsweet potato slips in California (By Charles, a member of the North County San Deigo Rare Fruit Growers). It is called the "House of Alvernaz, 5381 Arena Way, P.O. Box 474, Livingston, CA 95334".

Good luck!

Richard Primbs
Encinitas (Leucadia) CA

    Bookmark   May 26, 2005 at 9:34PM
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glenda_grower

We attempted to make sweet potato "slips" and planted when it appeared appropriate. We harvested yesterday and were disappointed. Is there anywhere in CA where we can buy SLIPS? Thank you.

Glenda Tracy
Shasta Lake, CA

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 12:23PM
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macmex

Glenda,

If you got slips when you tried to start them, but the harvest was not so good, chances are it was not the fault of your home grown slips. Perhaps conditions had something to do with it.

I'd add just one detail to Richard's instructions. Be sure that you have your sprouting roots in a nice warm place. They will be very hesitant to sprout if they are not warm.

Hey! Good news! Sandhill Preservation Center ships sweet potato slips to California! Look at the link below. I bet this is because they are shipped without any soil on them at all. Sandhill Preservation Center has the best selection of heirlooms I've ever seen.

George
Tahlequah, OK

Here is a link that might be useful: Sandhill Sweet Potatoes

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 7:48PM
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Kathyapeck_yahoo_com

PLEASE SEND DIRECTIONS TO MAKE SWEET POTATO SLIPS. THANK YOU KATHY

    Bookmark   January 3, 2011 at 5:20PM
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macmex

Kathy, I'm only using IPod at the moment. When I get to a real computer I'll send you an instruction sheet (s) I did on this.

George

    Bookmark   January 5, 2011 at 9:55AM
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mstober_inbox_com

PLEASE SEND DIRECTIONS TO MAKE SWEET POTATO SLIPS. THANK YOU Mari

    Bookmark   July 14, 2011 at 10:02PM
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abasgma_yahoo_com

I am having difficulty finding directions for planting an Okinawa Red Sweet Potato. I received one small tuber from a cousin and would like to grow them. Do I cut the "eyes" sections and plant them or do I begin growing indoors like regular sweet potatoes (In a jar in water)? Thanks, Pat

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 3:06PM
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macmex

Here's a link to an article I wrote. It should help with your questions. I can send this as a MS Word document upon request.

George

Here is a link that might be useful: The Indispensable Sweet Potato

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 10:26AM
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