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#1 PsyBearknot

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:23 PM

First you start your slips - sweet potato vine starts

Don't fret
You got time.
Sweets are tropical and warm weather lovers
Don't get the perfect fat ones.
Get the skinny slightly shriveled ones. They equate to seed potatoes
Expose the skin on the bottom or cut in half.
Don't bother suspending it in a glass with tooth picks.
Put it in a tub or bowl with about an inch of water
Place in a warm spot with some indirect sun and wait
Don't let dry out
Slips will appear

Grow them out till they start to form their own roots
Carefully plant them or place them in water and allow roots to grow

Plant the slips and we wait.


Companions to sweets
Beats
Dill
Thyme


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 08:10 PM

Who has grown sweet potatoes? What soil mix did you use?

Was thinking of layering straw and my raised bed soil mix. I hear they like straw....ain't got none of that around....

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Posted 12 May 2016 - 04:59 AM

And they grow
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1/2 a sweet potato can produce many slips


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At 8-12 inches slips are snapped off and rooted in wster
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72 hours later
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T8 floressent shop light

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 05:49 AM

They look beautiful. Plan on growing some in few months time (in spring), it's autumn now down here.



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 05:49 PM

I grow potatoes every year, they are my favorite almost... (pretty much all veggies are my fav)

both sweet and normals(yukon golds and red pontiac are my fav)

 

but you dont gotta go through that whole process at all... (imo... its PERFECT for learning children about

plants and being able to visually see it all happen, if you like that and dont mind the time spent doing this, 

then by all means get your jollies off lol, Psybear, dont take that comment the wrong way bro, thx)

 

 

the slips are growing from the potato "eyes"

 

all you gotta do it cut that potato up into pieces, just make sure you got at least 1 eye per potato piece.

 

Place that sucker in teh soil... bamo... youll have potato shoots coming out of the soil in NO TIME, literally maybe like... 1 week...

They grow FAST when you let them. 

 

 

Mound potatoes.. they only produce the potato where you MOUND.

 

So if the plant is at ground level when you plant it...

 

by end of the season, that mound shoudl be like 3-4-5 ft tall... NO JOKE...


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Posted 13 May 2016 - 08:05 PM

I love spuds too.  We just got done planting 10lbs of seed patatos.  5lbs of French Fingerlings, and 5lbs of russets (IIRC).

 

I really like the French Fingerling, as their natural shape and size lend themselfs very well to PC'ing in wide mouth pint jars.   They make the best fried potato's.   With some onion, garlic, and fresh peppers....  maybe a little bit of smoked cheese grated over the top.....   Sometime even mix a bit of PC'd beef, or chicken mixed in to make hash......

 

I love making a complete meal with only things I have made, or grown.  It is a very satisfying  feeling.

 

Damn I'm making myself hungry.

 

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keep it growing brothers :)


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 09:29 AM

They look beautiful. Plan on growing some in few months time (in spring), it's autumn now down here.


They are a warm weather crop so make sure your soil is constantly over 50-60 f.
If you have a shorter warm season you can start them inside like I do and get a jump on the season. If not chop up the eyes like Alpha stated...many ways to the end goal.

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 09:39 AM

I grow potatoes every year, they are my favorite almost... (pretty much all veggies are my fav)
both sweet and normals(yukon golds and red pontiac are my fav)
 
but you dont gotta go through that whole process at all... (imo... its PERFECT for learning children about
plants and being able to visually see it all happen, if you like that and dont mind the time spent doing this, 
then by all means get your jollies off lol, Psybear, dont take that comment the wrong way bro, thx)
 
 
the slips are growing from the potato "eyes"
 
all you gotta do it cut that potato up into pieces, just make sure you got at least 1 eye per potato piece.
 
Place that sucker in teh soil... bamo... youll have potato shoots coming out of the soil in NO TIME, literally maybe like... 1 week...
They grow FAST when you let them. 
 
 
Mound potatoes.. they only produce the potato where you MOUND.
 
So if the plant is at ground level when you plant it...
 
by end of the season, that mound shoudl be like 3-4-5 ft tall... NO JOKE...


It's all a means to and end goal
Where it may be a time saver for you in smaller gardens like mine I need to plan out a little more then being able to plant hundreds is tomatoes to pick a handful to grow.

Smaller gardens and the urban concepts tend to be a little more work the traditional methods but we are trying to beat out other challenges by gardening the way we do.

Also look at it this way

1 sweet potato started the way I did gave me
12 plants that I started early to get a jump on my season
12 plants that I just gave to this Jewish home for wayward kids that is in my neighborhood who has turned their whole lawn into food production
And made 50$ off of a deal selling 6 plants for 10$
54 plants for 1 sweet potato that cost me 0.98$ recycled beer cups , 4th use, (from a party, used twice to grow other plants) and recycled soil

I'll take the extra work
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Posted 16 May 2016 - 02:49 PM

Dont get me wrong...

 

I understand the explosive aspect of taking cuttings lol :)  

 

Your doing the hard work for all those kids and thats amazing :)   Great job Psy

 

Im sure youve seen this video by now? :P :D

 

[Direct Link]

 

 

 

 

not sure how everyone elses experience has been with sweet potatoes... but I found that they grow a bit deeper

then normal potatoes.  I have never attempted the mounding technique with the sweets because they

are more viny then normal potatoes.

Anyone else notice this with sweet potatoes?  


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Posted 22 May 2016 - 04:48 PM

Ok, so... order 10lbs of red, blue and Yukon potatoes... well, needless to say, the even amount of each was way off...ended up with 1lb of the red 6 of the blue and 3 of the yukons... soo...with that known...I'm not gunna do this same thing PsyBear did, grow out the slips and take some cuttings.


Was pretty disappointed to see the lack of reds, but it's alright...I'll expand to what I need and this method multiples your stock 4x 5x fold.

Thanks for the reminder of this epic method PsyBear
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Posted 29 May 2016 - 04:46 PM

So you find free privacy fence board that came from a back yard
And end up with a roll of green plastic garden fence to free

Make a planter for your sweet potatoes

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 11:00 PM

Epic... genius
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Posted 02 June 2016 - 01:36 PM

Epic... genius


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Posted 08 June 2016 - 12:18 PM

Here are my slips.

Done a little differently then the ON POINT, but just wanted to share

that you can do this just in a container with soil also with good results.

 

Turned my 2 red skin potatoes into 40 plants

Turned my 1 purple potato into 8

the Yukons rotted on me... new order already in the mail(of course my favorite potato rotted,

but good thing I had a shit load of bonus yukon potato plants that popped up from last

years left behind spuds :P)

 

 

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 12:44 PM

I quit trying to grow Yukon Golds here. Rotting, and just general growth issues were their downfall. Now French fingerling potato's, those grow absolutely wonderful here, best producer I've grown to date.

So much for what the name's worth, huh? :)
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Posted 08 June 2016 - 12:56 PM

I quit trying to grow Yukon Golds here. Rotting, and just general growth issues were their downfall. Now French fingerling potato's, those grow absolutely wonderful here, best producer I've grown to date.

So much for what the name's worth, huh? :)


I find its more so people growing shitty Seed potatoes...
People grow good genetics... then sell them... then others try to continue the good genes but end
up growing them with shitty methods and are only worried about propagation of new plants to sell.
I believe this kills genetics really quick. Its always the people that are trying to make a quick buck that
sell shitty stuff, but not all the time.. always exceptions :)


Because ive never had my own grown potatoes give me any issues with production or storage or growing out their eyes.
I even save the seeds from my potatoes, you gotta be sure you cover the seeds up though, the birds eat them quick.


FINGERLINGS ARE AMAZING!!!
I bought myself 4 varieties of sweet potatoes and there is a fingerling variety, really excited about it.


that is strange you dont haev good luck with your Yukons, have you ordered your seed potatoes or do you save your own?
Only reason I ask is because Yukon Golds were developed in Canada, ... the Yukon?

They dont like to grow in COLD SOIL though, so maybe you just gotta plant yours later in the season, maybe like
end of June...?


Potatoes are fun to grow and I constantly learn new things about the plant each year I grow them.



Sweet potatoes are going in Fabric 200 gallon pots this year though, im going to get me some GREAT LOOKING
sweeties :)

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 07:55 PM

And the grow...image.jpeg




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