Always fun to grow these from existing sweet potatoes which you can read in our latest “Do it yourself already” post. The first time we did this a few years ago we used a purple variety. This year all we could find organic were garnet red yams (really sweet potato). Things got out of hand and we ended up with six 7-gallon bags with two plants in each — plus we gave a bunch to family, friends. It helps that we love to eat sweet potatoes too and when they start growing in earnest, they are really beautiful and vigorous.
- 7/8/2017 — Moved bags over by the larger tomatoes and only 2 bags just not taking off so went ahead and composted those to use bags for peppers.
- 6/23/2017 — Most plants growing vigorously. About 4 that hadn’t shown any new growth at all and yellowish leaves, swapped out with 4 we still had in the greenhouse.
- 6/1/2017 — Gave them all a fish emulsion drink. Seeing new growth on all the plants.
- 5/11/2017 — Transplanted all from water into 7-gallon plant bags. Extra slips transplanted into 4-inch peat pots to gift.
- March — Started slip process from existing potatoes. Once tall enough on the potato, twisted off and let roots grow in water. Kept along eastern-facing window sill until moved to patio.