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Making Sweet Potato Slips

Follow these easy steps to make sweet potato cuttings for planting in your garden.

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Sweet potatoes are typically planted as cuttings or slips as they're commonly called. You can buy them or you can grow your own, which is much less expensive. Set a sweet potato in a jar of water and leave it in a warm, sunny windowsill. It will send out roots and shoots in a couple of weeks. When the shoots are long enough, cut pieces several inches long and put them in another container of water. When they root, it will take another week or 2, they're ready to be planted in the garden. You should be able to get at least 1- to 2-dozen cuttings from a single potato, which is more than enough for most home gardeners. Start the process 4 to 5 weeks before planting out in the garden, which you should do about 3 to 4 weeks after the last expected frost. Mini gardeners make cuttings from store-bought potatoes. The drawback is that you may not know which variety you're growing or you can buy slips from a garden supplier and pick a variety well suited to your climate or taste. Then, store a few potatoes from your harvest and use them in the following year to make more slips.