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Beginner Gardening: Sweet Potato slip question

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Rome, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 27, 2007
12:21 AM

Post #3228236

I've got a couple of sweet taters suspended in water learning how to grow the slips. They have grown roots and each one has 5-6 slips popping out. One of them has the largest slip on it (see pic) that has grown up about an inch and then branched into 3-4 side shoots. I know I've got a bit before I separate them from the tater, but I was wondering if the slips should alwayd be separated right where they grow out of the tater or will roots form on each of the branches if I separate them there?

Also, do I just snap them off by hand or is it better to cut them with a knife?

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Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 27, 2007
12:37 PM

Post #3229660

Just pull the off by hand. If the slips get very long before planting time ( more than 12 inches in lenght), you can cut them in two and plant both parts.
Rome, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 27, 2007
9:04 PM

Post #3231766

Thanks Farmerdill,

I'm probably going to have to break that slip up, it's much bigger than any of the others. The other tater is even further behind because I put it into the water upside down to start with... Good thing I noticed a slip growing under the water...

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