Let’s plant our own sweet potato vines. Now is the perfect season here in Israel.
Step 1: get hold of a few sweet potatoes. Old sprouted ones that you were about to toss are best. But any will do.
Step 2: Find an empty glass jar and fill it halfway with water. Stand up the sweet potato inside. If it’s falling in, you can use toothpicks to prop it up (see pic at the bottom of the post)
Step 3: Place your jar on a windowsill where it will get frequent notice. Wait 1-2 weeks for the forces of Creation to do their miraculous work. Then you will notice that white roots will start to grow out the part below the water line. Once they start, they grow really fast. Top up the water as needed.
Step 4: Wait another few weeks until the tops grow sprouts and leaves. The leaves are decorative hearts shapes. Many people grow these vines just for looks.
Step 5: If you want to plant in the ground, twist off a few shoots when they are about 10cm long, and plant them in moist, rich soil. It will take 6 weeks to get to this point. Water carefully throughout the summer.
Step 6: BH in September we’ll dig them up and enjoy them in tzimmes for Rosh Hashana!
Got any questions? Ask away!
My name is Naomi and this is my tiny little farm in the heart of the rapidly growing city of Beit Shemesh, Israel. I enjoy growing, making and processing as much of my family's food and household essentials as possible, while nurturing a biodiverse ecosystem filled with beauty and life.