Why do people bother with sweet potato slips?

I know a bunch of people who order sweet potato slips each year (I can understand the first to get varieties you like) or start their own. I’m not sure why though. For the last 3-years I’ve gone down to our basement, grabbed the varieties I like, cut them in half and toss them in the ground. They start to take off in a couple of weeks and we are able to overflow a 5-gallon bucket from a 8x4 space. Here’s a picture of some purple varieties I threw in the ground two weeks ago:

Would love to hear what others think about this topic.


The slips let you start very many plants per potato, which is good if you have few potatoes left.