Sweet Potato Slips

anntn6b(z6b TN)February 28, 2012

When do folks in East Tennessee start their sweet potatoes makng slips for planting out?

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busy_bee_7tn_grow

Hey there Ann!
I'm new to trying slips, but just thought I'd mention that my four potatoes have been in the window since Jan 28th. Two have good roots and just started sprouts last week (1/2" long barely). The other two potatoes have just started to root, no sprouts. These are sweet potatoes from my garden last year, so no chemical sprays on them to retard growth.
We're just about zone 8 near Memphis.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 12:37PM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

South facing window?

When do you hope to plant out?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 11:11PM
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busy_bee_7tn_grow

Yes, South bay window. I think the slips get planted May1st. I plant them amidst the broccoli for shade till they get going, then the broccoli gets whacked as the slips take on enough to handle the sun.
Have not found much info on slips, but I did find one link that said to cut up any long stems, lay in a shallow dish of water to root, then plant those....
How are you doing yours?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 11:28AM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

I haven't started yet. As I recall, back when I could buy the slips started locally at the Farmers Co-op, they didn't plant them until late May (so weren't available until mid-May) because soil temperature needed to be pretty warm.

I have a large passive solar porch (south facing, of course) and will set them up there. Right now, I don't have really consistant warmth there.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 10:52PM
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