Love Sweet Potatoes? Let’s Plant some!
Most plants you transplant into a garden come potted in a small amount of dirt with already established roots. Sweet potato plants are most often bareroot plants, also known as slips, received in bundles or propogated from a full grown sweet potato then rooted in water.
Sweet Potato Planting Step-by-Step
- Planting bareroot plants can be some what intimidating as the root system is a bit more fragile than plants with well established root systems. Sweet Potatoes although bareroot can be very easy to plant.
- In our community garden we cultivate the soil which we have already enriched with organic fertilizers into beds or raised rows.
- Once the beds are established we lay individual plants across each bed about 6 – 8 inches apart.
- After all plants are even distributed we take a wooden pole and push the plant in to the soil just above the root portion until it stands up straight.
- If necessary pull more dirt around the plant to provide additional support.
- Once all plants are inserted into the soil, water all of the plants. Water daily or as needed depending on the rainfall and weather conditions in your area.
- Your sweet potatoes should be ready for harvest in late September or early October.
Note: Be sure to harvest before the first frost in your area as sweet potatoes can become frostbitten if left in the ground after freezing temperatures begin in your area.
Difficulty: Very Easy
This video demonstrates how to easily plant sweet potatoes.