Growing Sweet Potato, also Kumara

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24 Mar 17 Bob (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Trying to find some Evangeline sweet potato slips. I've only been able to find commercial quantities. Any help appreciated
27 Dec 20 Rick (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Bob, I had the same problem so I ordered a couple of sweet potato's from Walmart. I tried to grow them on my counter to no avail. I went on YouTube and found out that stores buy potato's that have been sprayed to prevent sprouts. Best if you buy your potatoes from a farmers market. Wash them, then cut them in half. Plant the half's in a good compost and keep moist. You should see slips growing out of your potatoes in a few weeks. I found it time consuming but it works! Best of luck to you.
24 Mar 17 John (Australia - temperate climate)
'Evangeline' was developed at a horticultural research institute in Louisiana and has Intellectual Property Rights. This means that it could only be available to commercial growers who probably pay a royalty for the slips for their crops. You could try the Sweet Potato Research Station at: PO Box 120, Chase LA 71324. These restrictions seem onerous for home gardeners but help pay for the development costs for new varieties. Try them, they may be willing to send you a few slips.
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