Sweet Potato Experiment

I intended to eat this sweet potato.

But then I didn’t.

Then it started to sprout and thrive and I would have felt guilty eating it.

And I didn’t really want to eat it anyway.

So, recalling that in the past I had purchased a purple, leafy vine called sweet potato vine for my planters, and that when I dug it up out of my planters at the end of the season the root looked very much like a sweet potato, I decided I was going to re-purpose this sweet potato for my garden.

Brilliant. I know.

About 2 weeks ago, I chopped up the potato, leaving a few sprouts in each chunk, and planted it in a planter on my deck.

And then I waited.

A week had gone by and there was no indication that my experiment worked.

In talking with Uncle Brian and Papa about my craftiness when I was back in Kentucky this weekend, they weren’t so sure my plan would work because I had cut up the potato.  Apparently, the sweet potato needs to remain whole to act as an energy source for the plant.


Oh well.  It wasn’t a major investment.

Imagine my delight when I saw these little suckers sprouting up out of the soil on Sunday evening.

Here they are 1 day later, Monday.

This is what they looked like today, 3 days later.

I’ll have a nice trailing vine in no time!

Judging by my level of vegetable gardening prowess, I would call this pure luck.

Good thing I didn’t eat that sweet potato.   The universe had bigger plans for it.

While we’re on the topic of my deck container garden, I would like to take this opportunity to share an update on my pea plants.

This is day 13.

Time to stick ’em!

In parting, I would like to suggest that you chop up any sprouting vegetables in your kitchen and then promptly plant them in some soil and see what happens.  While I may have lost out on some serious Vitamin A in neglecting to eat this sweet potato, I sure have learned some valuable gardening lessons and kept my kitchen from smelling funky.

Happy adventurous gardening.

Y’all come back,


22 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Experiment

  1. OH…now I know what I can try in that tree stump hubby just hollowed out for me! Uhm…do you know if sweet potatoes can handle pine tree stumps??? 🙂 (btw…just stuck a celery stub in the ground today that was sprouting. hope it grows!!! LOL)

  2. My mother almost always had a sweet potato sprouting in a jar of water on a windowsill when I was a child. I’ve done it off and on too–but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder–and the little trip through memory land. Gotta go–have to put a sweet potato in some water to get it started… MM

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