For more than a year I have been, unsuccessfully, attempting to grow a sweet potato.
I wanted slips for the last growing season, but the damn thing did NOTHING beyond growing one, tiny root. All through last year I changed the water once a week with hopes of it doing something… Nothing. It clearly wasn’t dead as the one tiny root it had was still white and doing fine.
So cut to today and OMG! I was changing the water as usual and… What just happened? O.o
Bear in mind that this is all new growth, pushed in the last week. Nothing else has changed. Not the water, not the room. Not even the position on the window!
I can only think that this is the time of year where it does grow roots so that slips will come along later on and then I can cut the slips and maybe get some sweet potatoes!
There has also been a small change in the skin of the potato too. You can see small nodules on the pic to the right. I’m guessing those are nodes where the slips are likely to grow from?
With luck I will start to see something growing soon. The problem I see is that, from what I have read, it only takes 6 weeks to grow a slip once the roots start.
From there you have to wait 6 – 8 weeks for the stems to get to about 6 to 12″ long and then you can plant them outdoors. So at around 14 weeks we should be at the end of March… I hope that won’t be too soon to put outdoors.
Having said that I suppose I could maybe start them under plastic?
One good thing about what to do if it’s really all too early. Apparently you can eat the slips as a salad leaf! From what I have been told you can treat them exactly the same as spinach! B-)
So with luck I should get a couple of slips out of it. Another good thing is that you can reuse the same seed potato year after year to produce slips, although you will have to replace it after about 3. And considering that each potato can produce up to 50 slips*… That’s quite the economy driver!
* – YMMV, don’t quote me. B-)