Planting sweet potato slips

Asked May 3, 2017, 8:10 AM EDT

Hi HGIC, Is it too soon to put in my sweet potato slips? I got them in the mail the day before yesterday and am eager to pop them into the soil. I know we've had some nice warm days recently, but today is a bit chillier. They're going into a ten inch deep, established raised bed and currently get over eight hours of sun each day. I was thinking to plant them today and row cover them for warmth? I'm in Bel Air North, Harford County, Zone 7A. Thanks! ~ Karin Hoffmann, Harford County Master Gardener

Harford County Maryland fruits and vegetables

1 Response

Hi Karin,

Yes, you can plant them out now, but keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to cover them if you get cold weather. They don't like to be held, so go ahead and plant them.

In addition, here are links to two helpful videos on starting and multiplying sweet potato plants:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqAFGYv2Cnk&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkv0IV4egdw

Also, see our resource page on sweet potatoes:
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-sweet-potato

CKC