I never knew that sweet potatoes came from slips. Slips, being the little shoots that grow off of a sweet potato, is the way to grow new sweet potatoes. I don’t know what I thought before…maybe there was some type of sweet potato seed? I mean, how did sweet potatoes come to be anyway? I’m sure there is a seed somewhere in that equation. Anyway, when I decided to dedicate one of my garden boxes to the sweet potato, I researched and learned a lot. Creating slips is like a beautiful science experiment. When I started doing it on my own, I knew I wanted to share it on my blog because it’s so interesting and easy.
So, there are two ways to make slips: the first is to take one sweet potato, place two tooth picks near the top end of that sweet potato, and place the sweet potato in a mason jar that is about 1/3 filled with water. You keep it on your window sill and change out the water every few days. In a few weeks, when you see many medium-sized leaves on your slips, you can just pick them off and plant them.
Here is a picture of the one I have on my windowsill. This was taken about a week ago…
And here is that same sweet potato today…
I honestly think it looks so pretty that I just might keep it there as a decorative piece.
The next way (and much easier way) is to take one sweet potato and put it in the soil. I have an earth box filled with soil that I placed it in. This works the same as the previous way, just pick the slips off when they look sturdy enough and plant them. For sure, this way is the faster route to growing sweet potato slips. The potato thrives off of the nutrients in the soil as well as the warmth of the sunlight.
Here is a picture of a sweet potato that I planted directly in my garden bed.
I actually had already pulled slips off of that sweet potato and planted them in the garden bed. That’s how much faster it is to create slips through this method.
So, that’s all it takes to make sweet potato slips. It’s that easy. And, you know what else? The sweet potato is one of the few plants that is recommended to be started from February to June. It’s the novice gardener’s dream ❤