Prophylactic self-isolation for Nature-in-garden preparation. Day 110th.

Update on sweet potato tubers, which have decided to grow further

In the previous two posts, on June 16 and May 4, 2020, the journey of sprouting sweet potato tubers had begun. These days, after 70 days of the initial immersion in water, I planted one richly sprouted tuber into a soil. You would understand what I mean just looking to these pictures:

Two sweet potato, fotosession

I need to say, on June 14, right after the second post about these tubers was published, I changed a jar for one tuber to a bigger one, because, well…if that would continue to grow like crazy (what actually have happened later:)), how I would take it out through a small neck of a jar? So, I thought in advance and made a right decision.

It could probably be the fact, that if I would just stay still and observe that tuber for a while, I would see by myself the process of growth – so fast it started to grow up!

What I made, I started to sprinkle the tubers time to time with a fresh water by using simple pulvelizer.

The longest sprout is 40 cm long

Two sweet potato tuber growing on the windowsill
The beauty of growing sweet potato

I already planted one tuber, gently covering the tuber with some thin layer of soil. The pot is 30-40 cm deep and wide enough for one tuber to grow and develop the new tubers (I hope:)) Two long shouts just disconnected from the tuber when I hold it, so, I stick them to the soil separately.

Long sprout of the sweet potato tuber

The soil is covered with mulch to prevent soil dehydration and burning from the sun (good thing I l’earned from youtube:))

I am a real city-citizen, knowing where are the main malls and squares. Where I should find mulch???

Even in the garden shops I visited there were no grass-based mulch as youtube shows – only pine bark in pieces. Well, the pet shop played its role! There are plenty of grass types for hamsters or other rodents, make your choice! I chose “Alpine grass” for my plants to cover :))

Planted, covered with mulch. Sweet potato is beautiful to grow:)

The second tuber is in a slowed down mode, so, it still on the windowsill.

P. S. When I primarily put the tubers into water, that one tuber was in a jar without any label on it (and probably got more sunshine to start sprouting – we see the astonishing result), while another jar was half-covered with a label (and now that tuber is slowly sprouting). Choose the jars without any labels, remove them, to maximize the free-to-sunlight surface for the plants you grow!

Let’s see how the sweet potato tubers (plants) will feel later!

Photos by Dr. A. Palatronis on

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Prophylactic self-isolation for Nature-in-garden observation. Day 96th.

Two sweet potato tubers have decided to continue growth

One more day of excitement, because two sweet potato tubers have decided to continue growth. In the previous post, on May 4, 2020, I have messaged that the first tiny root buds were visible on two tubers. Today, I am happy to tell you, rebirth of the sweet potato is continued!

Up to now, the tubers of two sweet potatoes are already 60 days in water on the windowsill !

Sweet potato in rebirth, June 14, 2020. Photos by Dr. A. Palatronis on

Seems like a fairy underwater kingdom, isn’t it?:)

Starting from May 4th, when I noticed first roots, I was making visual observations time to time, looking for the changes.

I continue to REALLY left them feel free and calm and do not look after it. No tuning of a jar here and there, no touching the tubers – respect their space!

What have changed since May 4:

  • White spots appeared here and there and covered mostly half of the tuber surface
  • Root system improved, instead of one white thin root – many new roots have appeared, most of them come from the main long primal root
  • sprouts with leaves are coming both in the areas covered with water, and those with an air contact
  • Sprouts in water are green and lightly purple, while those with air contact are dark purple
  • Sprouts are coming in any place but all of them take place from white spots
  • There are two tubers: one has already shown sprouts and improved root system, while another has only improved root system – no sprout are visible yet.

About water for the growth

  • I noticed, after 1 month from the beginning, water was needed to change: I change it very gently, just poured out some water and refilled with a fresh portion slowly, letting water to run along the jar walls. P.S. Water in the jars covers 3/4 of the tubers size
  • Within the period May 4 – June 14, I have changed water three times only

In the first post about sweet potato rebirth it was described:

  • How the first thready root of sweet potato came out
  • Water for soaking the tubes
  • Appropriate attitude to the plants while they are in “dreaming” condition
First root of sweet potato, May 4, 2020. Photo by Dr. A. Palatronis on

And I would repeat here again: “Do nothing, just let them stay alone, in peace and comfort, without any kind of “showing love and care”

Let them stay calmly and peacefully on a windowsill. May 4, 2020. Photo by Dr. A. Palatronis on

Lets see how they would feel later!:)

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Prophylactic self-isolation for berries in garden appreciation. Day 92nd.

First berries, grown on the balcony – wild strawberries (Fragaria vesca in Latin), sweet and tasty.

Congratulations to my garden!

P. S.

The position of the Sun where the berries are grown is East-South, so, the plants get as much sunny hours as it is possible. Firstly, I thought it was my mistake to plant the bushes so tightly, but now I think it is beneficial, because the leaves protect one each other from too much Sun, while berries could sate the sweetness of sunlight.

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