My Sweet Potato Vine is history this year, but I have hopes of continuing her pretty foliage into next year. I have a great big tuber pulled from the pot where I removed her frosted and wilted remains.
It looks just like a regular sweet potato which I have previously grown in a glass of water inside the house. But I have never kept the tuber all year in order to put it out again for the second year.
So this year I am going to try that. ( Note to self: Let’s try and remember, honey, where you put the thing….mmmkay?)
I guess these tubers from the Sweet Potato Vine resemble a big rhizome ( like for an iris plant), but in this case I am using the term tuber. My tuber is a fairly large one in my estimation. I can put something next to it to show perspective. There now. Here it is.
Storage over the winter will be in a bit of vermiculite. I just happen to have some of that, being a hypertufa maker and all. I always have that stuff in the garage or garden shed. I am using an empty coffee container and filling it all up and over the top with this medium, keeping it in a cool place. I have a basement, so I will keep it there.
Plans in Spring for the Sweet Potato Vine Tuber?
When I was a girl and worked in the garden with my Mom and Dad, I recall that we planted potatoes by cutting them up into pieces, making sure each piece had an “eye,” that little bump or dimple that will grow a new shoot and make a new plant.
I am planning to do the same with this tuber. It looks like there are a lot of eyes to be able to slice it up and have many plants. I will try it next spring and you will see the results. Hopefully that will work and I will have new shoots next spring and end up with several plants.
I poked some holes in the top of the coffee container so that it wouldn’t be sealed. Well, I tried to poke holes but it is cold and it cracked instead of punched. Let’s hope this tuber stays alive. I can’t wait to plant a bunch of different hanging baskets and trailers for “free.”
At least that’s the plan. Wish me luck!