Here is a good informational posting that will teach you how to make DIY sweet potato slips for planting you very own sweet potato’s. Start Your Own Sweet Slips by Jill Henderson. Jill copyrights her post so if you want to know what she has to say you will have to follow this link to her posting.
More than you want to know about a Sweet Potato. Origin and domestication of sweet potato is thought to be either in Central America or South America. In Central America, sweet potatoes were domesticated at least 5,000 years ago. The sweet potato is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are an important root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens. The sweet potato is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum tuberosum).
Although the softer, orange variety is often called a yam in parts of North America, the sweet potato is botanically very distinct from the other vegetable called a yam(s), which is native to Africa and Asia and belongs to the monocot family Dioscoreaceae.
The plant does not tolerate frost. It grows best at an average temperature of 75 degrees. Abundant sunshine and warm nights are needed. Annual rainfalls of 30–39 inches are considered most suitable, with a minimum of 20 inches in the growing season. The crop is sensitive to drought at the tuber initiation stage 50–60 days after planting, and it is not tolerant to water-logging, as it may cause tuber rots and reduce growth of storage roots if aeration is poor.
Depending on the cultivar and conditions, tuberous roots mature in two to nine months. With care, early maturing cultivars can be grown as an annual summer crop in temperate areas, such as the northern United States. In the Southeastern United States, sweet potatoes are traditionally cured to improve storage, flavor, and nutrition, and to allow wounds on the harvested root to heal. Proper curing requires drying the freshly dug roots on the ground for two to three hours, then to be stored at 85–90 degrees and at 90 to 95% relative humidity from five to fourteen days. Cured sweet potatoes will keep for twelve to thirteen months when kept at 55–59 degrees at 90% relative humidity. Colder temperatures will injure the roots.
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