After our semi-successful sweet potato project last year, we decided to do it again. It takes a while for them to start rooting and then develop the slips that you pluck off and plant, but we figured we might as well start now.
|Organic Sweet Potatoes|
Be sure you ALWAYS start with organic sweet potatoes. This goes for any potato or plant that you are trying to start/root from store bought. The reason is that regular produce (non-organic) is often treated with with a chemical that inhibits sprouting, for obvious reasons. Organic will of course be chemical free.
We just slice them in half...
|Sweet Potatoes in a Glass of Water|
...and then do the time honored "three toothpicks and a glass of water" method. Last year we tried another method but we found that even though this is perhaps a bit more work, they seemed to sprout faster this way.
|Rooting Sweet Potatoes in Water|
I just lined them up on top of the fridge where they can get natural light and we can see when the water needs to be added/changed. 2nd Man looks up on top and sighs...I'm cluttering up the top of the fridge...but he knows the end result is worth a few weeks of rooting sweet potatoes in this way!
Time to get the gardening started, somehow!