Pink, Magical, Sweet!

With all of the different methods of springtime planting I've been doing: seeds, tubers, bulbs, replanting stored rootballs, it's the wait to see if a plant forms that is exciting. Exciting but also nerve-wracking, as until I see the greenery poking though the soil I wonder what's going on under there. Is there enough moisture to get things growing? Is there too much, with the seeds or tubers rotting? Are temperatures too low -- or more fittingly for us this year with highs for the last couple days around 90ºF (32ºC) -- too high?

It's nice to come across a plant that saves me this nervousness and waiting.


This sweet potato tuber has been sitting in our cupboard since at least Christmas (possibly Thanksgiving) and has decided it's tired of waiting to be eaten:

When I first saw the smallest nubs of growth emerge a month or so ago, I thought "I'll plant this and see what I can get to grow". The last couple of days it has really started moving along though, unless I just haven't been paying attention.

I love the pinkish hues of the light-deprived vegetation.

I'll grow this in a big pot, as I don't have room in my revamped garden beds for something like this. Plus I know from experience that woodchucks love sweet potato leaves, so I may even put the pot on the deck -- although carrying big pots up there isn't fun.

A great discovery with a magical look, don't you think?

Maybe I should check on the regular potatoes that are in the cupboard too...


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (April 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM)  

I wonder what color vine it will have. I like the leaves of sweet potato vine but around here they're very prone to whiteflies.

Christine  – (April 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM)  

I love sweet potato vine - I love the foliage, how quickly it grows and spreads! I hope you show it to us when its started to grow - would like to see the colour.

Alan  – (April 3, 2012 at 5:29 PM)  

I suspect it will be plain old green. I'll let you know though.

Gardener on Sherlock Street  – (April 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM)  

Very magical. I hope it does well for you.

Curbstone Valley Farm  – (April 3, 2012 at 9:49 PM)  

Well, at least yours sprouted! Most of them out here are treated so they can't. Actually I've tried to source unadulterated sweet potato slips out here, and they're almost impossible to find. I hope yours grow some fabulous tubers!

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