Sweet Potatos are in

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.

Sweet potato with slips

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)

A slip that has been removed from the sweet potato

Miss 3 digging holes for the slips

Miss 3 planting the slips

Watering the slips

In four to six months time we should be able to harvest our sweet potatoes….


6 responses to this post.

  1. Oooo I am coming to you for instructions next early spring when I plant mine in the greenhouse. Here’s hoping I can keep it warm enough.


  2. You’d better wait and see if mine actually grow first. lol


  3. Steve just came home with some white sweet potatoes…white on the inside and white on the outside. I am going to have a go at growing them. Might even use the stacked up tyres to keep them warm and to give them that boost of heat when Tasmania kicks back in to Summer 🙂 Cheers for the how-to going to give it a go 🙂


    • Be careful of the tyres. They can leach heavy metals which root veggies can absorb.


      • It’s like water wicking beds when you use tyres…they are just the exoskeleton of your bed. You have to line them and treat the bed like its water wicked. It’s all about how to use recyclables safely sometimes and it’s a lot of trial and error…I learn from other people’s mistakes :).

  4. […] The Tropical Hippy, a friend in both the blogosphere and real world who lives in tropical climes is giving sweet potatoes a go now if you’re keen to try […]


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