[Market-farming] sweet potato slip question

Roots Farm karen at rootsfarm.info
Fri Jun 3 22:36:55 EDT 2011

I think I'd take off some of that foliage when you plant them so the balance between water loss via leaves and intake capacity is a little better balanced.  We usually plant fresh vine cuttings without any roots in Dominica.  Most native farmers take off all/most of leaves.  (I like to leave a few -- aesthetics?  perversity?)     

All best wishes,


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karen at rootsfarm.info

On Jun 3, 2011, at 9:58 PM, Road's End Farm wrote:

> On Jun 3, 2011, at 4:59 PM, Beth Spaugh wrote:
>> In the past when I received sweet potatoes, they had very few leaves and a few roots. The 1000 that came today have plenty of beautiful leaves but no (zero) roots.  
> I would be surprised to get them that way; but they'll probably grow. When I grow my own, I usually plant slips that haven't rooted yet as well as those that have; most of them usually grow just fine.
> Of course, I ignore instructions and put mine in water to hold them, and/or to root, whether they're my own slips or I have to buy them (this year it's some of each as the mice got into my storage and I didn't have enough good ones left to grow enough of my own.) 
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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