Plant sweet potatoes by preparing the potato slips, preparing the soil and planting the slips. You need sweet potatoes, water, jars, bowls, toothpicks, a hoe, a hand trowel and a planting area.
- Prepare the sweet potato
Obtain a sweet potato, which can grow up to 50 slips, or sweet potato sprouts. Wash the potato, and cut it in half.
- Store the sweet potato pieces
Place toothpicks in the sweet potato pieces. Fill a jar with water. Place the sweet potato piece on the lip of the jar so that half of the piece is submerged in water. Place the jar in a location where it can receive plenty of light and warmth.
- Root the slips
Once the sweet potato sprouts, remove the sprouts or slips. Place one sprout in a bowl of water so that the bottom is covered, and wait for the slip to grow roots.
- Prepare the soil
Use well-drained soil for the planting area. The soil also needs to be loose, so till the top 10 inches of soil.
- Dig a hole for the slip
Dig a hole that is at least 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.
- Plant the slip
Place the root end of the slip inside the hole. Fill in the hole with dirt.