Sweet potatoes are a very healthy vegetable. They are also very easy to grow, from both seedling or from seeds. But growing sweet potatoes can also be done by using the potato itself.
Decorative cups make great holders for Growing Sweet Potatoes
This technique uses a plan similar to that of growing an avocado.
You can use sweet potatoes from your local grocery as long as they are labeled organic.
Place the sweet potato in a decorative mug and fill it half way with water. It doesn’t matter which end of the potato is put into the water.
Every three days, empty the water from the glass and replace it with fresh water. This is important since roots will be growing and you don’t want them in stagnant water.
- Place the jar in the window sill or a place where it will get lots of sunshine.
- Be sure to check the mug daily, adding water when needed to keep the potato bottom wet. Soon you will see sprouts forming on the bottom of the potato. These sprouts show roots beginning to emerge. In a week, you will see small leaves growing from the top.
- Keep the water level the same in the mug, so the sweet potato bottom stays wet. A few days after you see the first leaves, you will see vines growing. After two to three weeks, you will have several long vines with green leaves. You can continue watering your potato as usual in the jar or transplant it into a pot with good quality potting soil.. You can also plant the whole thing directly in an outside garden bed where it will really take off.
Sweet potatoes are not the only vegetable that will re-grow new food. There are many others which can make new food for free from a piece, or a leaf. See this article for more ideas.
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