Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sweet Potato Starts

Now that my sweet potatoes are ready to go in the garden I will finish my post on sweet potato starts. Remember earlier we had suspended one of last years potatoes in a jar of water and we had sprouts emerging from the potato as it sat in a sunny window. 

As the sprouts emerged from the potato and leafed out the jar filled up with roots in the water. I would occasionally snip off an end and place it in a separate jar of water. 

Usually within a week you would see roots emerging from the base of those cuttings. Once they were nicely rooted and I had all that I wanted they were transferred to the garden and planted in a mounded row. 

I like to protect my sprouts with milk jugs for the first week or two to protect them from that strong summer sun while they are getting used to their new home . Don't forget to continue to water them.  After about two weeks your sweet potatoes should be ready to remove the top and start developing vines. 

And that is how to start sweet potatoes. 

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. I just planted some Japanese purple sweet potatoes that someone gave me. It's my first time growing them so I'm not sure they will do well here in utah.

  2. Easy peesy!! Your soil looks delicious.. haha.. Funny to say that about soil.. but its just beautiful..

  3. Way off topic -- have you ever canned rutabaga?

    1. No I have not! That is one vegetable that I do not grow and am not familiar with at all. Have no idea what it tastes like : )

    2. Okay thanks. I read that some people (USDA mostly lol) do not recommend canning it or turnips because they grow stronger in taste. I like them for the strong taste so was just wondering if you had tried this. I guess I am going to just try it with a few jars and see what happens. :-)

  4. What a great idea! I never knew you could do that! Thanks for this super tip!


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