I’m so excited about these! I wasn’t expecting much as all I did was bury the eyes of a sprouting organic sweet potato I had in the kitchen into the bucket and many months later, I get these!
I rinsed and scrubbed them, then roasted them. So delicious. There was barely any “skin” on them. Light scrubbing removed the outer red membrane revealing a beautiful orange flesh.
Highly recommend trying to grow in this method! I didn’t actually turn out the bucket and instead just felt around with my hands and pulled out the bigger tubers. There are still many in there and the bottom of the bucket felt like a big tangle of tubers which wouldn’t budge so I left them down there until I need them. I also took a couple of smaller sprouting tubers out and put then in another bucket. Will see what happens next year. I have tried to grow potatoes in buckets before but with no success. There appears to be a potato sprouting out from this bucket too which I have no recollection in planting so it’s either left over from my previous attempt. OR it is possible I cut some eyes off a potato from the kitchen.
So what happens when you leave a sweet potato in the kitchen too long? It turns into this!
Sweet Potato growing in bucket!
I cut the eyes off and planted them in this bucket a month or so ago. It appears they are really enjoying the environment and thriving. Unlike regular potatoes, I am surprised to discover they actually grow vines. So we will see where this crawling potato ends up.
I have previously tried to plant sweet potato before but the leaves always succumb to some kind of fungus or mildew. Living by the beach has it’s perks but sometimes we get a lot of dew and moisture. This year I am trying to be more diligent about spraying fungicide. I used sulphur power last year, but lost many plants anyway. The sulphur powder might work a little but it sure looks ugly on my plants. I’m sure the neighbors wonder what it could be. So this year I bought some copper concentrate instead so I can spray my plants on the underside of the leaves. The copper fungicide spray is a beautiful bright blue color. Looks beautiful and doesn’t really leave too much colour on the leaves.
Here are the most recent photos.