Continuing Sweet Potato Slips

“To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow.”
– Aubrey Hepburn

By: Zy Marquiez
December 8, 2015

In our previous blog regarding this topic, we showed what we were up to with a little experiment regarding sweet potato slips possibly for next year.

With that said, we’re now six weeks from the nascent stages of the experiment.  The bad news is, that one of the two original momma sweet potatoes went on strike for low wages.  The great news is that the one that didn’t, proliferated like it was a harem of rabbits.

Three days after our previous post, two more slips were moved into mason jars.  Those weren’t documented via photography though.  However, in this latest batch we have a few photos to share the progression of the sweet potatoes.

The photos will show the original sweet potato from whom the slips are being born from.  There in we have the four original slips from the first batch, and the second two slips that weren’t cataloged.  Finally, we have the new batch of five slips to add to the bunch for a total of eleven.

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Above we have the original sweet potato [second from right], with the first and second batch of slips.

SP2To the right we now have the original ‘momma’ sweet potato in all her infinite glory.

Below you have the root system of all of the sweet potato slips that have been moved from the first and the second batches.

All in all, considering that they have gotten no sunlight whatsoever, and luckily it has required minimal attention, the slips and the mother seem to be doing great.  We’ll see how many more slips the future holds.

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The last picture shows shows the five new plants with the mother on the left.  Hopefully the experiment continues to go well.

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Below follow the videos that prompted the idea for this experiment, and hopefully we can continue to learn/progress as time goes by.

If you happen to have any insights to have, it is always greatly appreciated.

Harvesting Sweet Potatoes / Starting Sweet Potato Slips

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
– Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

By: Zy Marquiez
November 24, 2015

Starting on October 23, 2015 we opted to follow the tips of the first video provided below, and the following illustration is how the Sweet Potato slips looked after about a month.

We figured we would run this experiment now, before next year’s growing season to see what was possible with Organic Sweet Potatoes sourced from the store.  As you can see, the one on the right has produced many stalks while the one on the right has underperformed, although this is our FIRST experiment.

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The second picture below are the stalks as they are going to be kept to see how they grow over the next 30-60 days in order to better ascertain what to expect this year.   It’s just an experiment, but we’ll see where this goes.