Do Sweet Potatoes Need Special Care to Grow?

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How you'll plant sweet potatoes differs from how you'll plant most other types of vegetables. Find out if sweet potatoes need special care to grow with help from a classically-trained chef with experience in both world class restaurants and private dining companies in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Farm to Table Chef, Teca Thompson. Today, we're talking about do sweet potatoes need the special care to grow. I'd say there's a special way to start a sweet potato which differs for, from most other vegetable that you'd plant in your garden. So, I'm going to teach you how to do that today. But, as far as sweet potato needs special care to grow, they're pretty straightforward. They love hot, long, dry summers and are drought resistant plants. They need lots of room and from one sweet potato you can get quite a lot of yield as far as it goes. So, I'm going to take a sweet potato that I've purchased from my local grocery store. I'm going to insert a toothpick horizontally in each end and I'm going to place it in a clear vessel of water. You can use a mason jar if you like or any clear thing, and this will help the roots to grow. So, I'm going to place this after I've set it here in a very sunny window sill or sunny area and wait for the sprouts to start growing. And then, I'm going to transfer it either into my garden or into a large vessel of potting soil. You can either do this inside or outside. And that is how you start a sweet potato and those are questions on do sweet potatoes need special care to grow. I'm Chef Teca Thompson, thank you for watching.

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