Sweet Potato Month on February, 2024: How do I plant a sweet potato?
February, 2024 is Sweet Potato Month 2024. National Sweet Potato Month When is National Sweet Potato
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Sweet potatoes are grown from small vines called slips. The slips are started by setting a sweet potato about 1/3 of its total length in a glass of water or in the ground. The sweet potato will sprout several vines at the top and the vines are removed when they are about 12 inches long and set into the garden. One sweet potato can usually produce 12 or more slips, some will produce more and some less. It usually takes about a month or so for the slips to grow out enough to clip off and plant. I started mine in late March and they are now about 9 inches on one potato and about 6 inches on the other (2 varieties, one orange flesh and 1 yellow flesh) so, as you can see, each sprouts and grows at its' own rate.
Good luck and enjoy!
White sweet potatoes?
Sweet Potatoes can be many colors, and heres some facts for you.
Sweet potatoes are relatively low in calories and have no fat. They are rich in beta-carotene; having five times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A in one sweet potato, as well as loaded with potassium. These nutrients help to protect against heart attack and stroke. The potassium helps maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body cells, as well as help maintain normal heart function and blood pressure.
Yams are similar nutritionally but are not a great source of Vitamin A. They are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). Yams are also known to help protect against cardiovascular disease, benefit those with hypertension, and believed to be an anti-cancer food.
Questions regarding growing sweet potatoes....?
Sweet potatoes are not only delicious but very nutritional too. What I do know about sweet potatoes is that growing them is easy and they require little care. Sweet potatoes adapt to just about any type of soil, doesn't require fertilizers and it tolerates weeds.
As long as your sweet potato plant is getting some sun, it should be okay. Sweet potatoes can be harvested in about 3 to 6 months and this should be done before frost sets in.