Sweet Potatoes: A Tropical Fruit from How to Grow Your Own Thanksgiving Slideshow

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Sweet Potatoes: A Tropical Fruit

If you’re looking for a garden crop that is easy to grow, delicious to eat, and nutritious to feed your family, look no further than the sweet potato. This beautiful tuber and its lovely cascading foliage will be a welcome addition to your garden and your Thanksgiving table.

Sweet potatoes are, by nature, a tropical plant. Sweet potatoes prefer warm, moist climates. In fact, the more heat you can provide your slips, the more productive they will be. Luckily, you can provide sweet potatoes with the environment they crave even if your garden is located in a much cooler location. 

Sweet potatoes are grown from "slips," which are young sprouts produced from sweet potatoes or vine cuttings. Sweet potato slips are available from garden centers and specialty online providers. Both hybrid and heirloom varieties are readily available.