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My son loves loves loves sweet potatoes. He eats at least one a day which is becoming a bit of an expensive habit. I was thinking of growing my own but haven't heard/read much about it.
I'm in Utah (which is close to the potato growing idaho!).
Can you help me with info on this?
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Do you have specific questions?

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I few decades ago (gasp!) in early elementary school, we had a class project in which we took a sweet potato, stuck toothpicks in it and rested it in water to watch it grow. I would liek to do this with DD who is 3. Partly because it would be cool and partly because she too loves sweet potatoes and would eat them every day if we let her.

I would like to start a couple this way and transplant into the garden in May or so when we get it in. This is Minnesota so threat of frost does not pass until about Memorial Day.

I have a few specific questions:

1) Can I cut the potato in half or leave it whole while rooting the water?

2) Which end goes in the water?

3) When do I plant the potato in the garden?

4) How much space do they need?
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I few decades ago (gasp!) in early elementary school, we had a class project in which we took a sweet potato, stuck toothpicks in it and rested it in water to watch it grow. I would liek to do this with DD who is 3. Partly because it would be cool and partly because she too loves sweet potatoes and would eat them every day if we let her.

I would like to start a couple this way and transplant into the garden in May or so when we get it in. This is Minnesota so threat of frost does not pass until about Memorial Day.

I have a few specific questions:

1) Can I cut the potato in half or leave it whole while rooting the water?

2) Which end goes in the water?

3) When do I plant the potato in the garden?

4) How much space do they need?
I would like to know all of this too! I need the step by step process!
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I've never grown any potato, but just wanted to say Hi Neighbor. :

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I looked into it last year and it doesn't look promising in our climate. Though I suppose I was looking into growing yams...

Sweet potatoes and yams are not the same things and will not grow the same way.

Yams are a vine plant, and you need to get a cutting to start them, since they don't have eyes from which to sprout... but they are tropical plants and won't like our dry weather nor our growing season, IRC from my research last year.

Now, if you want to give sweet potatoes a go, that might be do-able, but you'll need actual sweet potatoes, not yams. I would imagine a sweet potato has a better chance here... give it a go! And please report your success. I think I'm going to give potatoes a go for the first time this year. : I have raised beds this year so we'll see!
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