You might remember I didn't eat the 3 sweet potatoes I bought in November for Thanksgiving. Instead I cooked them up at the end of the year when I discovered one of them had developed teeny tiny sprouts.
I saved the sprout end and it's been sitting in a hyacinth jar on the kitchen counter under the fluorescent lights since them. The sprouts didn't get any bigger for the longest time. Recently, though, I noticed they were hefting up.
I've never grown sweet potatoes from a tuber before. The only ones I've ever grown were decorative vines that were already potted up from the nursery.
I imagined they would sprout along the edge of the tuber where it met the water. I have watched for weeks, but to no avail.
I've been lifting the spud out of the jar every couple of days and checking the bottom. Nuthin'. But today, oh boy! Lo and behold.
A first rootlet! And from the middle of the cut end.
This is terrific. I'm looking forward to growing sweet potatoes this year in the garden. I've decided to plant the tuber in a container, allow these sprouts to get 12-15" long, then cut off the slips and let THEM root right in the garden. That way I'll have more than just one plant and (hopefully) get a few spuds to harvest/save for NEXT Thanksgiving.
I love not having to buy stuff for the garden, just encourage what's already in the kitchen to propagate itself. Sure wish I could get my wallet to sprout! LOL
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