This year I want to try growing sweet potatoes. I don’t have a bed allocated to them so my plan is to grow them in pots and/or straw bales – I haven’t really worked out the details yet.
The first step when growing sweet potatoes is, of course, to get your hands on some slips (little shoots that sprout from mature sweet potatoes). I looked into ordering named varieties, but they were either sold in large quantities or the shipping costs were too high for the small amount that I needed. So my next thought was to get an organic sweet potato from the grocery store and grow my own slips. Organic is usually suggested because non-organic sweets could have either a waxy coating or been sprayed with a sprout inhibitor.
Only thing was I couldn’t find organic sweet potatoes. This is not necessarily a problem, however, as sweet potatoes are such a long storing veg, that many of the non-organic potatoes are neither sprayed nor waxed. Both Daphne and Mark posted recently about successfully using regular, non-organic sweet potatoes from the grocer.
I just happened to come across a sweet potato display the other day that caught my eye because it said that they were a “Product of Ontario” – not a sight normally seen in early March. So at least I knew that these were a variety that could be successfully grown here. Then I examined the potatoes – they definitely did not have a waxy coating on them. And then I saw this on one of them:
|Not sure if this is a sprout or root, but hopefully it means that this potato was not treated|
& will produce some slips for me
|Sweet Potato in the Morning Sun|
Till next time…