Sweet Potato slip question

Rome, GA(Zone 7b)

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?

Thumbnail by jkehl
Augusta, GA(Zone 8a)

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)

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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