The French Quarter in New Orleans is full of black iron balconies with trailing vines covering them. Amongst the ferns that need the constant humidity of the South is the easily propagated sweet potato vine. These hardy vines have a fabulous chartreuse color, elegantly cascading vines and their own food source, since they’re simply grown from a sweet potato.
The same ambiance of a French Quarter balcony can be duplicated almost anywhere – even indoors. Display in hanging pots, over a fence, in a window box or over a wall.
And SO easy to grow from leftover sweet potatoes that you’d throw out because they are all eyes. Skewer those eyeballed tubers with toothpicks around the edge and suspend one end of the sweet potato in a jar of water in a sunny window until they have roots and some leaves. Then plant the whole thing, or chop into smaller pieces and plant with more space in between.
Water and watch. Sweet potatoes grow fast and develop pretty purple flowers. They’ll soon be draping your wall, fence or hanging baskets with glorious trailing vines.
Bonus: when you are tired of your vines, or your vines are tired, dig up the sweet potato babies for another round – or for dinner!
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