[NAFEX] [ARTICLE] Storing Potato Slips

Lori Rizzo larizzo at charter.net
Sun Nov 28 13:57:39 EST 2010


In the fridge..oops!

THANKS - I'll take the ones in the garage and use them.

Best,
Lori

Lori Rizzo, RN BSN MBA
 
Health Care Quality & Process Improvement
Pet Training & Behavior Counseling
Rizzo Hollow Heirloom Plants & Unusual Edibles
Maryville, TN  USDA Zone 7b
larizzo at charter.net
 
-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of loneroc
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2010 10:07 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] [ARTICLE] Storing Potato Slips

Lori,

You don't "store" slips.  You store the sweet potatoes at 50-55F and in 
spring plant them in soil or water--the top should be obvious to a "planty" 
person.  After a few weeks (3-4) you'll get up to a dozen or more slips for 
each tater you plant, which you break off a week or so before planting.  I 
then wrap the bottom ends of the bunch in a little sphagnum or a damp paper 
towel and put in plastic under bright, indirect light.  Roots'll form and 
you plant 'em.  Remove all but the top leaf or two and bury the stem up to 
the growing point.  You can just remove the slips from the sweet potatoes 
and plant them without going through the rooting process but I get a little 
better survival when I've rooted them.

If I see that a particular variety of sweet potatoes is starting to rot 
sometime during winter storage I plant that variety earlier and grow it as a

houseplant until late spring, when I start sprouting the ones that have 
stored fine.  It's as easy as (sweet potato) pie.

Never, ever put sweet potatoes in the fridge!

Steve H.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lori Rizzo" <larizzo at charter.net>
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2010 7:39 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] [ARTICLE] Storing Potato Slips


>I just harvested my sweet potatoes and want to store some slips for next
> year's crop. I don't live in a climate cold enough to keep them in the
> garage, so I'm thinking about the fridge. How can I keep them from getting
> moisture and moldy? Right now, they're in a ziplock with paper towels to
> absorb excess moisture.
>
> Also, I grew another potato (I think a blue one) and when I went to 
> harvest
> those, there was no growth on the roots. Are there some potatoes that take

> 2
> years to mature? Doesn't help I forgot to log what they were - someone 
> gave
> them to me and I planted them with the sweet potatoes.
>
> Thanks,
> Lori
>
> Lori Rizzo, RN BSN MBA
>
> Health Care Quality & Process Improvement
> Pet Training & Behavior Counseling
> Rizzo Hollow Heirloom Plants & Unusual Edibles
> Maryville, TN  USDA Zone 7b
> larizzo at charter.net
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Douglas Woodard
> Sent: Monday, November 22, 2010 6:39 PM
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [NAFEX] [ARTICLE] Bee Pastures May Help Pollinators Prosper
>
> See
> <http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr//2010/100804.htm>
>
> linked to
>
> Bee Pastures: Floral Havens Where Pollinators Can Prosper
>
> <http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/aug10/bee0810.htm>
>
> Doug Woodard
> St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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