6 Ways to Root Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are wonderful root vegetables that can be used for a variety of dishes. From soul food to holiday dish and everything in between their sweet taste is enjoyed by people all over the world. When you start to grow them for the first time they can seem tricky to get to root and can take 4 weeks or longer to show new growth. There are a lot of methods for rooting sweet potatoes and finding the one that works best for you can help speed along the process, and make it easier.


1. Lightly Soiled – Take the whole potato and sit it on top of garden soil leaving one have exposed to the air and one half buried in the soil. Make sure to keep the soil moist so that the roots can germinate.


2. Cuttings – Take a whole sweet potato and cut it into big chunks making sure that each section has a few eyes to insure they will grow. Let the pieces scab over before burying them in the ground.



3. Half Water – Insert toothpicks into the middles of the sweet potato and submerge half of it into a glass of water. Sit in a sunny window and water when the levels start to get low.


4. Water Bath – Wash a sweet potato off in water and dry it s’il a towel. Place it in a cool, dry, and dark place until it starts to grow roots. One the roots start to grow plant them in soil.



5. Cut and Water – This method is the same as the water method but you cut the sweet potato in half let us scab over and then place it half way in the water.


6. The Hard Way – Wait for the sweet potato to root by accident or on purpose in the cabinet. Rinse the sweet potato in water and dry it and put it back in the cabinet. Repeat this until the slips to get big enough to have their own roots and then cut of the slips making sure non of the sweet potato meat in leaf on them. Then place the end in the soil when the roots in the soil and the purple ends sticking out. Water the soil often and mist the purple ends if needed until they grow leaves. Once leaves have formed cover any ends near the soil that are white and not purple with soil.

If you would like to learn more about growing and and caring for sweet potato plants click on the link https://ourlittlechateau.com/2022/04/21/how-to-grow-sweet-potatoes-in-containers/

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