Planting Sweet Potatoes

On Saturday I was planting sweet potatoes. Sweet Potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) or yams are not actually a potato. If you try to plant a sweet potato like a seed potato, the sweet potato will eventually rot and not produce more potatoes. Instead of having seed potatoes to plant, the sweet potato roots are forced to form slips (a rooted cutting) which are then planted to produce the sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato Slips

I ordered my sweet potato from Thompson & Morgan a few months ago and had forgotten all about them until they arrived on my doorstep on Saturday morning.

One Sweet Potato Slip

I bought 20 slips and have planted them all into deep pots filled with compost. The planting and growing instructions did not mention how deep I was to plant the slips so I just used my common sense. Let’s hope they grow because they were not cheap! I think I will check out Top Veg for advice on growing sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes Planted

The instructions state that you should pot them up and keep them on a windowsill for 2/3 weeks, so mine are now sitting in my greenhouse. At the end of the 2-3 weeks, I will transplant them into the ground and await the harvest of lovely sweet potatoes. Roll on harvest time!