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How to Grow Your Own Sweet Potato Leaves in 3 Easy Steps

growing sweet potato leaves

One of the biggest concerns for juicers is the cost of all the fresh produce. Whereas there are several different ways to save money while juicing, one of the easiest and best ways is to simply grow some of your own produce.

Now, that’s not as intimidating as it sounds. There are several green veggies that are incredibly easy to grow at home, and one of them comes from the sweet potato. I’m going to show you how to grow your own sweet potato leaves that you can then cook, juice, or even eat raw.

It takes about 2 minutes of preparation time and it requires materials that you have in your kitchen right now. The vines that grow from sweet potatoes are creeping vines – they grow fast and abundant – with or without your help.

growing sweet potato leaves

they grow FAST

This is probably going to be one of my easiest posts ever. And hopefully, one of the most helpful. Enjoy (and happy juicing)!

What You Need to Grow Your Own Sweet Potato Leaves:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Drinking glasses, jars, cups, or small bowls
  • Water

How to Grow Your Own Sweet Potato Leaves:

Step 1. Wash the sweet potatoes

I recommend “planting” several sweet potatoes at once so you can have an abundance of leaves on an on-going basis. Simply take these sweet potatoes and wash them well.

* I personally prefer the taste of sweet potatoes bought at Asian markets. Not sure why, but they tend to taste better. Also, when buying, try to pick the skinny ones since they fit better when “planting.”

Step 2. Fill the drinking glasses

You need as many drinking glasses as sweet potatoes. Fill these glasses with water.

Step 3. Stick the sweet potato in the glass

Stick a sweet potato in each glass, pointy-end down, making sure that some of the sweet potato (a few inches, it doesn’t matter much) is immersed in water.

Now, just sit back and watch them grow. It really is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3.

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Michelle Lowery - January 3, 2015

Hi! I’m going to try to do this. Do you use just the leaves or also the stems when juicing? Is there any particular spot to separate the leaves and/or stems from the rest of the plant? Thanks so much!

    Hannah - January 13, 2015

    Hi Michelle! That’s great, so happy to hear another green juicer will be saving some greens 🙂 We use both (actually, we always include stems for green juices). There’s no one spot to separate – we just take the leaves as well as the stems they grow on. Happy juicing! Oh, and make sure to rotate your greens!

paul - May 10, 2015

thanks and i will try to do this

Allyson - December 2, 2015

How long does it usually take for the shoots to start showing?

    Hannah - January 2, 2016

    Hi Allyson, hmmmm. I tend to lose track of time, but I think you usually see some action within a few days and then once it starts to grow, it REALLY grows. Just plant it, forget about it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised 🙂

Ella Wilson - January 19, 2018

Hello! Your post is simple but really informative. I love these 3 easy steps! Will definitely try this soon and I hope you don’t mind if I share the result with you. Thanks!

    Hannah - February 3, 2018

    Please do!

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