After seeing a youtube video about sprouting sweet potatoes we have had four of them sitting on our window sill.

It isn’t warm enough where we live to grow sweet potatoes outside, but we have decided to give them a go in the aquaponics system because it will be under hot house plastic in a month or so and hence being grown in a warmer environment.

Below is a photo of them in my preserving jars on our kitchen window sill.  They have been there since before Christmas and are now sprouting really well.  They have 3 toothpicks in each one which suspends them in the jar.

DSC_0822[1]Gentle Joy Homemaker did hers a bit differently but when we did them like this they went rotten, but I am going to try them again this way. Pop over and have a look here at how she does it.

Here is the most productive sweet potato on the window sill (my favourite). The shoots that have come from under the water level have already grown roots and I am going to break them off and plant them in the aquaponic beds.


You can see the roots in the photo below. IMG_0927

I broke them off and kept the roots intact.

They are now planted in the grow beds and I planted them quite deeply.
DSC_0826[1]I am going to break off the shoots that aren’t below water and place them in a jar of water to develop roots and then plant them out.

I don’t have enough words to explain how excited we are with this. It has been a great, successful experiment.

I have become quite attached to my little potatoes too.


This post is linked up with Old-Fashioned Friday

24 thoughts on “MY SWEET POTATO”

    1. My older daughter told me about how you can do it with celery, but I haven’t tried it yet. You can plant the shoots into soil in your garden, you don’t have to do it in the aquaponics. If I get enough growing I thought that I might put them in our hothouse (not the aquaponics one but the garden one) and grow some along with our tomatoes. This has been really exciting watching them shoot and grow. Thanks for stopping by, how are the family??? BLessings

      1. Cabin fever. When it’s this cold, we desire sledding and snow-shoeing. But the snow is mushy, so we can’t do either. We aren’t near a town. So, definitely have cabin fever. We’ll get there. (Just put more celery in water yesterday–thought about your sweet potatoes 🙂 .) Found a picture of a moose to send you, but it isn’t our picture.

        1. Yes it is hard when you can’t get outside and do things as much. Is that you own celery that you are restarting or a bought one??? Do you just put the bottom of it in water?? Looking forward to seeing the moose, I find it fascinating all the different animals you have that cause you issues. Hope you a good week, blessings.

    1. I don’t know Alli, did you use the toothpick method like mine??? I only got my sweet potatoes from Aldi, and they were nothing special. I wouldn’t use thick ones again, one of those went rotten but I would use longer thinner ones. Have a look at the link up on that post and see how it’s done over there. Let me know how you go if you try it again. Blessings

  1. I’ve never seen anyone plant just the shoots, so I’ll be interested to see your crops growing. Sweet potatoes are one of the few things we can grow here in Central Florida in summertime. They are so delicious, and we are grateful to have something to reap from the garden. Thanks for joining The Maple Hill Hop this week!

  2. I clicked on your post because I love sweet potatoes and was interested to see this…. I was shocked to see that you had mentioned my post! Thank you. I am sorry they didn’t work for you… we have had one go bad now and then, but most have done very very well and I have done it for about 3 years and produced dozens and dozes of sprouts. I’m glad your system is working for you…. I have been thinking ahead to getting mine started (although it is WAY too early here). I hope you enjoy a great harvest. 🙂

    1. Hi there, the feature was ok, I really enjoyed your post about sweet potatoes and I wanted to share other ideas. I still have 1 left that isn’t going rotten but I put toothpicks in it to stand it upright in the bowl. I am finding this very exciting and I appreciate your ideas. Thanks for stopping by and looking and commenting. Blessings

  3. OOO…I LOVE sweet potato vines..they are such a pretty green and really are beautiful growing outside as well as hanging in a basket in a sunny window. Once planted, they do require quite a bit of water. I had some planted in an outdoor window box along with other plants and the potato vines seemed to get dry the quickest.
    May I use one of your great photos for an upcoming potato post…with a link back to you, of course….?

    1. Hi bj, we have never grown them before so it is exciting for us. When you planted them in the window box did you actually get sweet potatoes from them?? Yes please feel free to use the photos, I would be thrilled. Blessings

  4. Sweet potatoes are fun to grow, I started one just from a bit of the potato in soil and it survived the winter in the green house.

    Thanks for sharing your Good Morning Post on Friday Features this week.
    Have a great weekend, Karren

  5. This looks like a great project to do with my oldest country kid as part of our homeschooling. I think it is cute you have become attached to your potatoes! Thank you so much for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Monday Blog Hop.look forward to seeing what you bring to us this week.

  6. I’ve never thought to sprout sweet potatoes like this but what a great idea. I’m definitely going to try it. Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I’ve been trying madly to link up to your party on a Monday but it’s usually Friday before I get around to linking up to parties. We’ve been so busy here in Brisbane with flooding to our property etc. Hopefully I’ll get back in to the routine. I love it that you take the time to link up to my party. By the way, I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party. Hope to see you again and have a great weekend.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  7. That is a really cool way to grow sweet potatoes. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

    Thanks again for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday. I hope you’ll link up this week too!


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