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Grow a Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet potatoes in the U.S. are grown mostly in the South. They are planted in the spring by "slips." These are the small rooted pieces of the vine that grow from the "eyes" or buds of the potato.

photo of sweet potato vineThe sweet potato produces vine-like stems that resemble the philodendron plant. Place the sweet potato in a container of water. Keep the top 1/3 of the potato exposed by placing toothpicks into the sides. The pointed end should be down in the water. In a few weeks a vine with several stems will begin to sprout. The stems are weak; tie the stems to a stake.

Sweet potatoes like a bright, sunny location and require care like house plants such as ivy.

Fertilize about once a month.

If the sweet potato vine gets too long, cut it back a few inches to force the vine to get bushier. The tip of the vine that was pinched off can be rooted in water or moist soil.

Your sweet potato vines can be planted outside in late May to produce sweet potatoes that can be dug and eaten in the fall.

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