Meet George and Gracie. They're the sweet potatoes that live on top of my bread box in the kitchen. I desperately want to grow sweet potatoes in the garden but I can't find anywhere to buy a handful of slips for cheap. I've trolled the popular seed selling websites and they all want to sell them in bulk or are charging an arm and a leg for something I'll inevitably kill.
So I spoke with EG at Our Engineered Garden to find out how to start my own slips. I read that a slip is a single plant (with small roots) that is sprouted on the sweet potato root and then slipped off so that you may plant it in the garden to grow a sweet potato plant. EG said to stick some sweet potatoes in a glass jar and then when the tops sprout I can remove them and somehow plant them in the garden. Granted I am still not 100% sure what a slip looks like, but I gather that I'll recognize it once I grow one.
I'm convinced this will all make sense once George and Gracie begin to grow. They've been sitting on the bread box for over a week and have started to grow roots, which is promising. I assume at some point we'll have sproutage on the top of the potatoes and then it'll all make sense.
This isn't my first time growing a sweet potato. Back in my working days an entire group of us decided to grow sweet potato plants on our desks. Mine was a hermaphroditic sweet potato appropriately called Hermie. He was the only one that didn't grow. This should tell you a lot about my gardening skills. Every other cube rat grew a sweet potato plant. I ended up making a dunce cap out of a post-it note and putting it on Hermie's head so that it didn't look quite so bald compared to the other blossoming plants. We actually potato-napped a co-worker's wonderfully-blooming sweet potato plant and sent her daily ransom notes showing a gloved hand holding opened scissors on the plant. She ended up getting quite upset and we had to give her plant back. So I held on to Hermie until his dunce cap fell off and he went moldy.
Let's hope George and Gracie turn things around for me.