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Sweet Potato Vine

4.6 out of 5 (43 experiences)

Sweet Potato Vine has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Sweet Potato Vine has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

Also known as

ipomoea bright ideas cordate lime and Sweet Potato

Taxonomy

Ipomoea batatas
Ipomoea
Convolvulaceae
Solanales

How to care for Sweet Potato Vine

Water

How often to water your Sweet Potato Vine

Water needs for Sweet Potato Vine
0.5 cups
every 9

Sweet Potato Vine needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Sweet Potato Vine

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Sweet Potato Vine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sweet Potato Vine: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Sweet Potato Vine may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Sweet Potato Vine in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Sweet Potato Vine

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Sweet Potato Vine: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Sweet Potato Vine after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet Potato Vine


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Sweet Potato Vine has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 32
Sweet Potato Vine has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 21
Sweet Potato Vine has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 18
Sweet Potato Vine has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
Sweet Potato Vine has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 5
Sweet Potato Vine has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Sweet Potato Vine has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
Sweet Potato Vine has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Nora avatar
@Nora
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 151 XP
10/06/2021

literally just stick a sweet potato in water

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
R_l15748 avatar
@R_l15748
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 710 XP
09/25/2021

Very delicate leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Erodplants avatar
@Erodplants
leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 2,138 XP
08/04/2021

What a wonderful mistake I purchased , what o thought was a golden pothos turned into a lemon lime colored vine. I love it. I have made for it from clippings. It was outdoor but I brought her in and happy I did , she is an excellent addition to my plant tribe.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Yachae avatar
@Yachae
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 257 XP
globe Des Moines, Iowa
07/27/2021

It could circle the room and/or cover the bookcase if my roommate didn’t ask me to prevent it from doing so 😞 but it’s very satisfying and carefree… also at about 75¢ from the grocery store 😁

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Levi avatar
@Levi
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Taylorsville, Utah
07/23/2021

browns pretty easily

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Audrey avatar
@Audrey
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
07/21/2021

These babies need lots of hydration every day, but if you forget for one or even a couple days, she’ll sprout back up after a good watering!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Vikkib avatar
@Vikkib
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 1,645 XP
globe League City, Texas
07/13/2021

Pretty to look at !

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Skate4dwire avatar
@Skate4dwire
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 107 XP
globe Phoenix, Arizona
07/09/2021

Put cuttings into water for a few days and plant when you have strong roots, loves water but can survive without moist soil.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Vforvendetti avatar
@Vforvendetti
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 1,439 XP
globe Orangevale, California
07/05/2021

I wanted an easy kind of beginner hanging plant. I water him about once a week and just enjoy watching him grow.

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Erodplants avatar
@Erodplants
leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 2,138 XP
07/04/2021

What can I su , look at this beauty , the rich unique shaped leaves and the pink trumpet shape flower. What’s not to love. I do have this plant outside can not wait to watch it flourish inside for the winter.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Brandy avatar
@Brandy
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 3,321 XP
globe Pike, New York
06/12/2021

I love growing sweet potato vines atop my fish tank!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Apollotuplin avatar
@Apollotuplin
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 170 XP
05/24/2021

I just started growing mine a few weeks ago and it’s already started making roots in it cup of water! I’m expecting to see some vines start to sprout soon. I really want to get another one of these guys! They’re so so so easy to take care of; all you have to do is stick some toothpicks in it and put it in a cup of water so it sits half submerged.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Egotopia avatar
@Egotopia
leaf-1 118 Plants
xp 5,123 XP
globe Jacksonville, Florida
05/19/2021

Perfect for a hanging pot or climbing on a trellis. Prolific grower in full sun.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Aiden avatar
@Aiden
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 213 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
05/16/2021

Although this is a morning glory, not a sweet potato, it still is similar.

Fast grower Fast grower
Getplanting avatar
@Getplanting
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 475 XP
05/14/2021

YOU NEED TO DO THIS! so cheap also, just buy a sweet potato and put it in water! I cut mine in half so I could get 2, i put them both into water and then later planted one in soil. then realized I forgot to water it for weeks, took it out most of its roots were gone so I just put it back into water. mine was growing slow at first then I left my house for 4 days came back and it had grown a HUGE vine!! it’s really cute and simple plant I think anyone could do, make sure to replace the water because it evaporated for me and the bottom of my potato is a bit rotten but she will survive!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Maria avatar
@Maria
leaf-1 79 Plants
xp 5,664 XP
globe Highland, California
05/12/2021

Just a fun thing to do maybe with your child, just plop a sweet potato in water and that’s it, you’re going to get vines in no time. It’s fun to look at all the roots in water (like staring at a lava lamp) and it’s exciting to see new sprouts.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Plantmom13 avatar
@Plantmom13
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 511 XP
globe Freeport, Illinois
04/26/2021

ugly. always looks dead and is dropping leaves

Fast grower Fast grower

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