How to Make Sweet Potato Vine Cuttings

Overview

Sweet potato is a healthy and versatile vegetable. It is also an easy plant to grow. It does not need much water or fertilizer and has a low risk of disease. Sweet potato vines grow very quickly and close to the ground. One of the fastest way to propagate sweet potatoes is to harvest cuttings from the vine. This is a simple process that will eventually yield you many more sweet potato vines.

Step 1

Choose a runner vine on your sweet potato plant and use a pruning shears to cut off a 12 inch section.

Step 2

Remove all the leaves from your cutting except for the smallest leaves at the very end. You should be able to pluck the leaves off with your fingers. Place the cutting on the ground and cover the entire length of it, minus the small leaves, with soil.

Step 3

Keep the cutting moist by watering lightly every day. Soon roots will start growing out of every leaf node and the cutting will root itself into the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Hose
  • Hose-end sprayer

References

  • Tropical Permiculture: How To Grow Sweet Potato Vines At Home
  • North Dakota State University: Questions on Sweet Potatoes
Keywords: sweet potatoes, vine cuttings, sweet potato vine

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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.