Growing Sweet Potato – FAIL – Suburban Homestead EP19

How to grow Sweet Potatoes and How to fail miserably. Sweet Potatoes are low input high output plants. They provide a lot of calories for little space, thus they are essential to the self-sufficient homesteaders. It grow well in hot climates, but struggles with the cold. Follow my homesteading journey though success and failure.

Created by: Siloe Oliveira

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  1. 4skully on April 18, 2021 at 12:18 am

    I love LOVE sweet potatoes!! You did good Bro she/Earth gave you a lesson and a prize!! I have grown them once before but I did not plant them soon enough. The plant WAS GORGEOUS but she did not have the full summer to grow. I planted a slip a few days ago and I am going to trust that this year will  be a harvest!!

  2. Kaye Kittrell Late Bloomer on April 18, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Absolutely love this video, Siloe, drama, comedy, it’s got it all! Thanks for your boundless and masterful creativity!

  3. The Abled Gardener on April 18, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Well you are ahead of me, I can’t even get my organic sweet potatoes to grow slips after months of trying. I did grow slips off of my grocery store potatoes, but they soon died. I love sweet potatoes, so for me, it’s off to the store produce section, lol. Have fun in your garden, Kim

  4. ReVoLuTiOnElleBC on April 18, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Everything you try to root actually roots!  Half the time mine grow a biofilm, like stinky kombucha. Nice video!

  5. Anna Gregg on April 18, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Hi, I am wondering if you know that the leaves of sweet potatoes are edible and very nutritious. I watched several videos from Hollis and Nancy’s Homestead on how to grow sweet potatoes and have just today set up something similar to what he did. My slips are growing good roots and currently are in jars of water in a sunny window. When the slips have good roots on them I will plant them the way Hollis did, on a trellis, and see what I get, this will be a first for me. I have a small garden but grow as much as I can on it, I am currently growing Lacinato Kale and have had great success with it in the past, it grows year round and is sweeter after a frost. Both myself and my chickens love it, I use it in soups, stir-frys and smoothies. Everything I grow is Heirloom and/or Organic. ~A.

  6. Freddy Halasan Butarbutar on April 18, 2021 at 12:29 am

    In Indonesia, normally we grow sweet potato from the vine stem only. Will it work in your place also?

  7. billy pchajek on April 18, 2021 at 12:30 am

    not a fail : ) do you have any idea how rare sweet potato flowers are this far north? i have figured out how to make them flower in Winnipeg but i have never seen them flowering up here before this year. did you mulch them ? was there decaying wood or organic matter in the soil? these are common factors in my flowering sweet potatoes. i noticed last winter that all the back to Eden gardens had flowers on the sweet potatoes. so i used a woodchip mulch and mine are flowering prolifically. keep up the good work : ).

  8. Tricia Riley-Flores on April 18, 2021 at 12:33 am

    like all starchy tuber sweet potatoes, are heavy feeders, I notice that you plant them with the tomatoes, no, no. Tomatoes are heavy feeders also, they will fight for resources. I grow them in bags full of compost and they produce a decent amount. give bags a try 🙂

  9. Jaded Optimist on April 18, 2021 at 12:35 am

    You can eat the leaves too!

  10. Rosa Antonucci on April 18, 2021 at 12:35 am

    I understand that you use those wire cages for groundhogs, but they are actually beautiful!

  11. OYR Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening on April 18, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Siloe, are you going to try growing sweet potatoes again? We’ve successfully grown them. Ours also took a while to get started, but really took off later in the summer. Thanks for the shout-out! I really appreciate it!

  12. angela sheppard on April 18, 2021 at 12:36 am

    I don’t understand the cages

  13. Clarisse Cesar-Wilson on April 18, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Im really enjoying your videos. It such a pity that your sweet potato didnt give much tubers. By the way, where I came from (Philippines) the young leaves and stems of sweet potato can be eaten (the older ones can be eaten too, if you have strong teeth, cause they re kinda tough) . It is used as vegetable in some Filipino Cuisine. It is a good source of the following: Vitamins A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Dietary fiber, Antioxidants. It also has some medicinal properties that can help in treating diseases such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Cancer (Colon, stomach), Problems on bowel movement and High Blood Pressure. If you are going to use the leaves as vegetable though, it will not give you any tuber.

  14. Rachael K LeValley on April 18, 2021 at 12:38 am

    you’re a great Soul, dude! THANK YOU FOR BEING BEAUTIFUL!

  15. Huw Richards on April 18, 2021 at 12:41 am

    Thanks Siloé was a very interesting video:) I love sweet potatoes and have yet to have tried growing them but I’m sure I’ll give them a go! Have a great day

  16. Laura Te Aho-White on April 18, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Next time try growing them in containers (minimum 35cm deep) that way they won’t get water logged, stunted etc. due to the clay in the soil and the soil is more likely to warm up to the right temp. Sweet potatoes like a really loose growing medium (compost) with plenty of drainage. They like to have a good feed at the beginning of the season (try a tomato or potato fertilizer). Good for next time eh?

  17. RmWarren on April 18, 2021 at 12:44 am

    First of all another great video I always enjoy them.
    My comment is more focused towards the question and answers segment.
    Fruit trees, be that: Citrus, Avocado, Apple, Peach, etc do not grow true from seed! If you really like navel orange and you plant the seed, the tree that grows will never produce that same orange, sometimes they are not even good for eating. It is not like an open pollinated tomato. They have to be grafted fruit trees.
    And I too wish I could grow some good tropical fruit trees here in northern va (about 2 hours south of Baltimore area.)

  18. superslyfoxx1 on April 18, 2021 at 12:45 am

    I think your 1st time growing was pretty good actually.Much better than my yield and I am in the South! I will try again though. I hope you will too. How did your sweet potatoes taste? My little ones were amazing. Thanks for another great video.

  19. Abundant City on April 18, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Love it! Gardening really is all about learning from failures. Great info!

  20. Pople BackyardFarm on April 18, 2021 at 12:46 am

    new subscriber here 🙂

  21. Mumbai Balcony Gardener | Vlogs and More on April 18, 2021 at 12:49 am

    There is some hope for us beginners when we see that accomplished growers also have an occasional failure.

    Starting a you tube channel tips were wonderful, does require patience. If there is something sincere one is trying to do, there is always an audience and loyal viewership but it’s unrealistic for beginners to expect viewership like yours or Patrick’s ,Stephen’s , Donna, CaliKim, Rob Bob, Misilla , Luke,Kaye ,California Gardening and Gary to name a few. If we enjoy what we are doing, develop our own style and not focus on the likes and views I’m sure we will find our loyal audience.

  22. Kelli Nigh on April 18, 2021 at 12:49 am

    I would appreciate your tips on ground hog control. I have seen some of your solutions, but would be interested in your explanation on how you plan your space and utilize your small cages. Sweet potato leaves are candy for rabbits and ground hogs and my beds are all like small hills (hugelkultur mounds).

  23. Lex Nuss on April 18, 2021 at 12:50 am

    I’ve been told that sweet potatoes are roots and yams are tubers, but I really don ‘t know the criteria for the difference.

  24. Dave Taylor on April 18, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Sweet potatoes ( we call them Kumara in new Zealand where they are a national food traditionally as important to the Maori people as potatoes are to the Irish ) they do grow really well in containers , 35 litres and over are best ; and you can move them around to catch the sun 🙂

  25. flanmaryj on April 18, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Deep South Homestead has the best sweet potato growing videos from slips growing through canning! I’ve tried a couple of times and hope using their methods, along with adding wood chips and sand to my already straw covered, compost rich beds can be succesful in 2017!! Freezing temps actually ruin the shoots, not the potatoes. I’ve seen videos in which people actually wait til after the first frost! Asian2table also has very good videos on growing many kinds of veggies and sells seeds! sells thousands of heirloom seeds. This year, I also plan to start videotaping! I haven’t seen any gardeners who resemble me!

  26. BeeFriendlyApiary on April 18, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Here in Baltimore City, we grew 100 pounds of sweet potatoes…the plants completely took over a large part of our front yard…it was awesome!!! And the taste was much hearty than store organic…

  27. Three 6 Teen Boutique on April 18, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I feel your pain, I have tried to grow sweet potatoes and had less luck then you. I can get them to vine but usually there is no tubers.  I agree with your message never give up and be prepared to be surprised by mother nature . I am always looking for those unexpected gifts at unexpected time she brings. 

  28. Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable on April 18, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Thank you my friend for the shout out ! I am truly honoured you find my work scientific and interesting ! @OneYardRevolution | Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening is also a fantastic guy ! I have to say he inspired me to let my inner scientist out 🙂

  29. Lucas Gardezani Abduch on April 18, 2021 at 12:53 am

    man, I really love your videos
    thanks a lot for putting your effort on it

  30. Daddykirbs Farm - A Homesteading Story on April 18, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Siloe, your video content is creative and informative. I love your numbered thumbnail images. Your channel will soon be the one to aspire to reach! You are a talented man, thanks for sharing your talent and passion with us.

  31. qing yang on April 18, 2021 at 12:55 am

    sweet potato leaves are so yummy!!That’s the main reason I grow them.

  32. Baunty Rahman on April 18, 2021 at 12:55 am

    you will succeed next time don’t worry, i grew them too but i ended up eating their leaves no luck with potatoes but i tried in a container though.

  33. RuggedHomestead on April 18, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Siloe, I had an almost identical experience as you last year growing them in northern NJ, and mine weren’t even competing for sunlight (groundhogs, however, were a special nemesis last year). I propagated my slips a little differently, though: a potato stuck half in a jar of water and as the slips grew I simply picked them off at the potato and put them in their own separate jars until they established a root system. I then planted them out in the garden. Last year I just used any old sweet potato I had from the store; this year I’m using organic potatoes from Whole Foods. I’m generating a bunch of slips now, and you’ve encouraged me to make a video of my methods. Thanks, and good luck this year! I enjoy watching how your homestead progresses. — Rich

  34. Patrick Meehan on April 18, 2021 at 12:59 am

    It’s hard to grow sweet potato in the UK

  35. Nicholas Hay on April 18, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Hi Siloé, I’ve really been enjoying your show. It’s great!

    You mentioned that morning glories are poisonous, and this isn’t entirely true, despite being widely repeated. Mostly it depends on the species, though I wouldn’t recommend experimenting with ornamental garden varieties. The main one that is a risk is Ipomoea tricolor, and the cultivated varieties have very low levels of alkaloids (the wild varieties were traditionally used in pre-Colombian Mexico as a religious hallucinogen, and to vulcanize natural rubber).

    If you want to try something similar to the sweet potato, but native to North America and presumably better suited to conditions in your garden, you could try a whitestar potato, Ipomoea lacunosa. It’s not the easiest thing to find information on, but it might make for an adventure. They’re usually considered weeds, so it might not be easy to order seeds, but if you know any forest rangers they might be able to spot one in the wild for you.

    Another member of the genus which is cultivated as food is Ipomoea aquatica, which is grown mainly in southeast Asia but also in a few parts of northern South America. the young shoots and leaves are great in stir-fry.

    Keep up the great work! I’m almost out of videos.

  36. Kaye Kittrell Late Bloomer on April 18, 2021 at 1:00 am

    By the way Siloe, for you and viewers, I interviewed a local farmer in Tennessee on one of my videos whose grown this special variety of sweet potato for years. Perhaps I could contact him and have him send you some slips. I had a Georgia gardener send me some last year and I failed too. They never bloomed (they were in a pot) and when I dug them up they were like yours but smaller. I’d love to try again! Especially after watching this. Thanks for the shout-out to those terrific garden channels. Love your new question and answer feature, I may steal it! – Kaye

  37. The Abled Gardener on April 18, 2021 at 1:00 am

    I re-watched your video and heard the question about growing citrus in northern California. It is very easy, all of my citrus has come up. Lemons are especially easy. Soak the seeds a few days and peel the outer coating off. One week in the six pack and six lemon trees come up. I hope your follower keeps trying. Kim

  38. Rob Bob's Aquaponics & Backyard Farm on April 18, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Shame about the tuber yield Siloé.. Did you try the greens at all? 
    Cheers mate.. 

  39. Urban Organic For Life on April 18, 2021 at 1:01 am

    When are you going to make garden tour video because your garden is beautiful

  40. LockedWarrior on April 18, 2021 at 1:03 am

    I love your videos! Kudos for documenting your success as well as "failures". I watched a Youtube video with the guy (Paul Something) from the Back to Eden vids. He says to plant the entire potato. I am assuming this provides extra energy for the plant when it is small. not 100% sure if it works but he has some kick @$$ plants growing.

  41. MIgardener on April 18, 2021 at 1:05 am

    WOW! Not a fail at all! You should have seen what I got… it was less than you! But so sooo rewarding. Thank you for that beautiful shoutout too! I certainly was not expecting that!

  42. Guilherme Soares on April 18, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Great videos. Just like you, i am a Brazilian living in the north of the US, and this summer is going to be my first time growing vegetables. I have always liked the idea of having a garden but never had the chance. I guess the tide has turned and now i have space on my backyard to do so. Can’t wait for it to get a little warmer so i can start working on it. Thanks for the videos!  Abraços!

  43. Antonio Guimaraes on April 18, 2021 at 1:07 am

    My experience with sweet potatoes in northern Minnesota for the past 4 years is identical to yours. Still trying year #5. Sooner or later it will work. Ha!

  44. Jared Soccer on April 18, 2021 at 1:07 am

    Could yo PLESE grow watermelons because I am a beginner at growing watermelon

  45. Tim Huffman on April 18, 2021 at 1:07 am

    thumbs up Siloé , great video. Thank you for sharing

  46. Permaculture Homestead on April 18, 2021 at 1:08 am

    nice shout out to Patrick and Stephen, congrats guys, you are officially awesome.

  47. The Abled Gardener on April 18, 2021 at 1:09 am

    That’s true; -)

  48. Erica Toussaint on April 18, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Hi Siloe, you mention that sweet potato leaves are a groundhog delicacy. I think they are a human delicacy, too! Even if one doesn’t get good sized tubers, the harvest of leaves for salad or sauteing is worth it! Thanks for your channel – I always learn from you and have watched many of of your videos multiple times.

  49. JL Stratton on April 18, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Wow, I feel I just made a great discovery in your channel! Love your videos-entertaining and informative. Now let me go so I can get busy catching up.

  50. theuglykwan on April 18, 2021 at 1:13 am

    I was actually quite happy you got some tubers, even if thin. Sometimes the ones i buy are that thin! Snack sized! Amazing how you have to guard against ground hogs!

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