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 Nature observation. Day 53rd.

The day of excitement, because the sweet potato tubers have just decided to reborn: one tiny thready root is visible on each of my two sweet potatoes. They we there on the windowsill for 3 weeks just staying in water, and here we are – the surprise! Congratulations, bravo:))

First root of sweet potato

How the first thready root of sweet potato came out?

  • Buy sweet potato on a market
  • Do not clean the tubers, they should be without any additional cleaning or washing with water
  • Put sweet potato tubers into clean glass jars (the jars should not be cleaned with any chemicals, including “natural” commercial products. Only soda and hot water for cleaning when you will use it for planting purposes)
  • Add purified (filtered) water to cover half of sweet potato
  • Let it stay absolutely calm for 2-3 weeks on a windowsill. P.S. My window is West-facing window. During this time I did not interrupt those sweet potatoes much: did not put the jars to another position, did not take them of to see how they are doing, just nothing. Let it stay calmly.
Let them stay calmly and peacefully on a windowsill
  • About water: just look time to time if there is enough water (half of my sweet potatoes are covered with water). Do not change the water: if your jar was clean and water not contaminated – than no troubles like bad smell should arise. The tubers should stay calmly in the same environment, to adapt themselves.
  • First roots should come after 2 weeks probably, but because I REALLY left them feel free and calm (I just forgot to look after it:)) – I notices those first roots only after 3 weeks. My both tubers have brought the first roots at the same time – right after those 2-3 weeks of staying calm in water.
Tubers of sweet potato in water

Lets see how they would feel later!:)

Photos by Dr. A. Palatronis on

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