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@Om Patange asked this in a comment on this sweet potato question and I'm curious about the answer:

How long does each step [in starting sweet potato slips] take? I ask to know how long before spring I should start the process so that I have healthy slips to put in the ground. Also, when is a good time to plant the slips in the ground?

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In zone 7-8 Sweet Potaoes go in around June 1 or after. The time depends how many steps you are doing. We started with organic potatos from organic grocery store, cut up and planted those to make sprouts, that was about 3-4 weeks. Then we cut vines off those sprouts, placed in buckets of water outdoors 2 weeks or so, then planted each of those rooted slips in the field rows. The whole process only took about 6 weeks.

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