How to Grow A Sweet Potato Indoors
Why Would You Want To?
I love growing anything I can from from my grocery store produce. I have a lemon tree, grapefruit tree and orange tree growing in my living room.
Why? I live in the Yukon, where it is dark and cold for half the year, and sunny and warm for the other half.
The sweet potato plant is my latest experiment.
It's ready to be potted.
I like to start with my plants growing in a clear vase so I can watch the roots grow. Every plant I grow is a celebration of life.
Here's a step by step guide to growing a sweet potato indoors.
(photo by me)
Step By Step Guide
Choose a vegetable with signs of life, like small buds or roots. Many are treated or dried in a kiln to make them last longer. I was delighted, and quite surprised to find one that grew on my first try.
Put the the bottom one third of the plant in water with the pointier side on top. You can poke toothpicks into the sides to help it fit into the container.
As you can see, I chose a vase that fit perfectly and allowed me to monitor the root growth.
I added a little root stimulator.
Next step...be very very patient. The picture above was taken after about about two months.
First, you'll see thin white roots, and then stems and leaves popping out of the top and sides.
When you pot the sweet potato, leave the top one third uncovered.
Here's Everything You'll Need
I love this book so much, it sits on my coffee table. I hope I can grow everything in the book.
A root stimulator helps gets things growing.
You'll need a large pot for your sweet potato. This one helps manage heat and moisture.
Grow Fun Things From Your Grocery Store Produce
If you live in a warm climate you can start many of the plants in "don't throw it, GROW IT" indoors and then plant them directly outdoors.
If you live in a moderate climate, use a large container so you can keep your treasure outdoors and move it in when it gets cooler.
I am going to put my sweet potato outside this summer. I'm curious to see how it does when it's exposed to more that 20 hours of sunlight per day.
I hope you have as much fun doing this as I have.
Some Final Advice
Be patient. Many of these plants take a long time to germinate and/or root. My ginger plants took six weeks to root, but once they got going, they grew like crazy.
Expect some failure. It took my a half a dozen tries to get my pineapple tree growing.
I've worked with fruit seeds that have never germinated, possibly because of the way the fruit was treated or because it was too old.
The failures make the successes even sweeter.
My Sweet Potato Plant Today
don't throw it, GROW IT!
If you like to experiment with plants, you'll love this book.
It gives you step by step instructions on how to grow a wide range of things from tubers, shoots, roots and pits.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.