JAPANESE Sweet Potato (Tuber)- /Red Skin Yellow Flesh
Japanese sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) These types feature pink to dark purple skin with creamy golden flesh. Japanese sweet potato flesh tends to be much drier than the orange-fleshed .These potatoes can prove difficult to find, so you can grow the vines, called slips, to grow your own Japanese sweet potato crop in your garden.
Nutty and mild, Japanese sweet potatoes have a thin red skin and dense Yellow flesh. They are a bit drier and more sweeter than the red skin white flesh vegetable you may also know as a yam or sweet potato. Often baked, candied or made into pies, they also make a delicious side dish when scalloped with sliced apples and a creamy sauce.
YOU CAN ALSO GROW THEM FOR SLIPS
I have started Japanese sweet potatoes,half-whiskey barrel containers.
I got just as much yield from the container as I did from a Raised Bed, but it was so much easier to harvest the Sweet Potatoes in the container. It would take me a over an hour to dig up the Raised Bed and find all of the Sweet Potatoes. With the container, all I had to do was to dump the container onto some newspapers and the Sweet Potatoes would just appear. No digging. No hunting.
Start the Slips
Sweet potatoes aren't started by seed like most other vegetables, they're started from slips. Slips are shoots that are grown from a mature sweet potato.
To start your slips, you need several healthy, clean sweet potatoes. Each sweet potato can produce up to 50 slip sprouts. To create sprouts, carefully wash your potatoes and cut them either in half or in large sections. Place each section in a jar or glass of water with half of the potato below the water and half above. Use toothpicks to hold the potato in place (Image 1).
The slips need warmth, so put them on a window ledge or on top of a radiator. In a few weeks your potatoes will be covered with leafy sprouts on top and roots on the bottom
Before you plant sweet potato slips, you have a little extra work to do. Sweet potatoes need loose, well-drained soil to form large tubers. You don't want the roots to face resistance when they try to expand within the soil. Loose soil is more critical than almost any other factor when it comes to growing sweet potatoes successfully.