Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Decorative Cup

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.

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Decorative cups make great holders for Growing Sweet Potatoes

This technique uses a plan similar to that of growing an avocado.Sweet Potatoes

  1. You can use sweet potatoes from your local grocery as long as they are labeled organic.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Place the jar in the window sill or a place where it will get lots of sunshine.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Regrow food from kitchen scraps

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.

For more gardening tips, see my Pinterest Gardening Ideas board.

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  6 comments for “Growing Sweet Potatoes in a Decorative Cup

  1. janice leegette
    04/13/2013 at 7:35 am

    Awesome..will try. I tried the advodo but for some reason it failed. My mom use to grow them with no problem. Want to continue the tradition since she passed. Please help? ?

    • admin
      04/13/2013 at 12:32 pm

      I have found avocados pretty easy to grow. Take three toothpicks…insert them in the avocado about 1/3 of the way down. (pointed side up)

      Place the toothpicks over a glass of water and keep the water fill almost up to the tooth picks.

      The avocado will grow roots from the bottom and the top will split and a plant will grow out. It may or may not bear fruit. If it does…takes about 7 years I have heard.


    • Anonymous
      04/20/2013 at 1:01 pm

      I plant avocado in the dirt. It takes a couple weeks to sprout. Put several in a pot.

      • admin
        04/20/2013 at 6:42 pm

        Thanks for the tip. I eat avocados all the time. Will plant the pit next time!

  2. Nellie Suess
    02/14/2014 at 1:01 pm

    does the sweet potato grown this way produce after you plant it?

    • admin
      02/14/2014 at 1:10 pm

      Yes it should as long as you plant organic sweet potatoes. Normal ones are often sprayed with sprout suppressing chemicals.

      Even better is to get one from your local farmers market so you know it will grow in your conditions.


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