Sweet potatoes are apparently really easy to grow in a tropical climate, hence the reason that this is the first vegetable I am attempting to grow. That and the fact that it’s one of the only vegetables you can grow in North Queensland through summer.
I’ve had a sweet potato sitting on my bench in some water for a few weeks now and it had grown some nice slips so I decided it was time to plant them in the garden. The slips are the shoots with the leaves on them and this is what is planted in the garden.
The slips are removed from the sweet potato by pulling them down in the opposite direction to what they are growing. Before planting in the ground the leaves from the lower part of the slip need to be removed (do not remove and roots that may have started growing). Once in the ground, two or three potatoes will grow from each leaf node (the spots where the leaves have been removed)
In four to six months time we should be able to harvest our sweet potatoes….