Growing Sweet Potatoes - Step By Step

Growing Sweet Potatoes – Step By Step

By: - Gardening - September 19, 2011
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Growing sweet potatoes is very easy and even the most inexperienced gardeners can do it. In addition to being able to grow the actual potatoes, the plants themselves are beautiful with stunning flowers in all different colors. When you know how to grow sweet potatoes you will be able to grow them year after year with no problems. The main rule of growing sweet potatoes is to always plant them after the last frost and get them out of the ground before the first frost. Though these plants are quite hardy, they will be killed by frost.

Growing sweet potatoes begins by placing an actual sweet potato in a bowl of water. You should leave about a third of the potato sticking out of the water and allowing the rest to go into the water. You can keep it suspended by placing some toothpicks in the side and using those as supports. You should leave it in the bowl or container for about 2-3 weeks until you see some good plant growth.  As soon as the last frost is over, you are able to plant them outside. Hopefully once you know how to grow sweet potatoes you will remember to always check the forecast for the last frost.

By getting the potatoes in the ground by mid to late May, you will be able to harvest them by about September or October at the latest, as long as it is before the frost. Make sure you are planting in a sunny location and giving them some kind of fertilizer of your choice, either chemical or organic, each month they are in the ground. Though these plants should get much of their water from Mother Nature, they may need to be watered by you as well. It is best to water in the morning and evening.

When growing sweet potatoes, you may notice you are getting some pesky visitors like slugs.  They love sweet potato vines. One of the best ways to get rid of slugs is to place shallow plates on the ground around the plants and pour beer in them. Slugs love beer and will drown in the liquid. You can also purchase commercial slug traps as well.

Now that you know how to grow sweet potatoes you will be able to get them in the ground as soon as possible, grow your own with pride and enjoy these healthy, tasty additions to any meal.