Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile and nutritious vegetables that can be grown. They’re also easy to grow in pots, which is perfect if you don’t have access to a garden space or want to grow them indoors. In fact, growing sweet potatoes in pots requires only a few simple steps.
In this article, we’ll go over how to plant sweet potato plants and how to take care of them throughout their entire growing season. Keep reading to find out more.
Planting Sweet Potato Plants In Pots
Although you can certainly grow a sweet potato plant from a store-bought tuber, this method is less reliable. The best way to propagate a sweet potato plant is through a cutting of the stem. Simply select a healthy and disease-free plant and cut off a piece about 6 inches in length that contains one or two eyes on it. Place this section in some moist soil in a pot, keep the soil moist and wait for your vine to grow out of the dirt.
You can also get started by planting store-bought tubers if you prefer. Once your sweet potato plants have been planted, cut through any large vines so only two vines are remaining, then water them regularly until they sprout leaves.
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The process of harvesting sweet potatoes from a pot
This process is a little different than harvesting them from the ground. You see, a regular sweet potato plant grows up to 12 inches of vine that's full of delicious roots, while a sweet potato plant grown in a pot tends to grow more leaves but much less root. For this reason, you'll want to harvest your vines once they've turned brown and died back (around late spring or early summer). Withhold water for about 2 weeks before cutting off the dead vines at the top of the soil line then removing any excess dirt around their roots.
After harvesting your sweet potatoes, cure them like you normally would by leaving them out in an area with plenty of air circulation for two-to-four weeks. After curing, you can store them in a dark, dry location at around 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit for up to three months.
Additional Tips And Tricks For Growing Sweet Potato Plants In Pots
Although sweet potatoes are fairly low-maintenance plants, there are still some things that will benefit them throughout their entire growing process. They like lots of sunlight (at least 6 hours per day), well-draining soil, and regular watering. However, they're sensitive to extreme heat so make sure your container doesn't get too hot during the summer months.
Now that you know how to grow sweet potatoes in pots, go out and try it yourself.
Houseplants You Can Grow In Water
Many plants grow in water instead of soil. Water plants are best suited to be grown in large glass containers placed on a sunny window sill. The container should have plenty of large holes for drainage and the plant roots should sit in the water with enough room left over for the plant to grow.
Aquariums also make for excellent water plants. The size of the aquarium will ultimately determine how large of a plant you can grow. A good rule of thumb is to not pick a plant that's larger than your fist when it comes to aquascaping, so on average, most fish tank plants are small enough to be used as decorative elements instead of growing them into the main aesthetic theme.
Here is a list of 10 houseplants you can grow in water. Please note that this list does include some succulents and cacti even though they're technically defined as “water-loving” plants because they don't tolerate soggy soil like other traditional types of aquatic plants (they need drainage too).
Gorgeous Flower Garden Ideas To Add To Your Home
There are also various flower garden ideas that you can add to your home. Most of these flowers are easy to grow and some varieties can be quite striking when they're in full bloom.
Ranking from creative paths made out of recycled materials, to interesting wall art that displays various types of foliage, to hanging planters that are perfect for growing smaller flowers, there's truly something to be said about the creative ways you can craft up your very own display of houseplants and flowers around your home.
Once you know how simple it is to grow flower gardens with houseplants and flowers, it's easy to see why they're popular year-round. From green colors during the winter months to bright, vibrant hues of reds, purples, blues, and yellows throughout the springtime, you can even glam up your home with various potted plants for a low-maintenance look that will stand the test of time.
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Final thoughts on growing sweet potato plants in pots
In conclusion, growing sweet potatoes in pots is not only a great way to add flavor and nutrition to your cooking, but it's also an ideal way to get started growing your food. This method of growing sweet potatoes will provide you with unlimited harvests every time you decide to dig into the roots because all you have to do is wait for them to grow back.