Plant Care Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet Potato Vine

4.6 out of 5 (45 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

About Sweet Potato Vine

The sweet potato, native to the Americas, and were domesticated over 5,000 years ago. Their large, underground tubers are a staple in cuisines around the world. The leaves are also edible, and are used in many dishes from Africa to Southeast Asia. You can grow new sweet potatoes by removing the 'eyes' that grow on potatoes from the grocery store and planting them in soil! 🍠

Taxonomy

Ipomoea batatas
Ipomoea
Convolvulaceae
Solanales

Also known as

'Margarita'

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?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Sweet Potato Vine in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Sweet Potato Vine: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Sweet Potato Vine love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Sweet Potato Vine does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Sweet Potato Vine can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Sweet Potato Vine →

Common Sweet Potato Vine Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Sweet Potato Vine prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Sweet Potato Vine Water Frequency →

Sweet Potato Vine Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Sweet Potato Vine requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Sweet Potato Vine Light Requirements →

Sweet Potato Vine Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Sweet Potato Vine is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


💨 Humidity

Sweet Potato Vine doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Sweet Potato Vine Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Sweet Potato Vine does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Sweet Potato Vine →

When and How to Successfully Repot Sweet Potato Vine →


💩 Fertilizer

Sweet Potato Vine is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Sweet Potato Vine →


🌎 Native Region

Sweet Potato Vine is native to Worldwide.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Sweet Potato Vine bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Sweet Potato Vine is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Sweet Potato Vine →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Sweet Potato Vine can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Sweet Potato Vine Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation
🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Sweet Potato Vine, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet Potato Vine

Sweet Potato Vine


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft 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 33
Sweet Potato Vine has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 22
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 Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 4
Sweet Potato Vine has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Sweet Potato Vine has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
@Zel avatar
@@Zel
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 106 XP
11/10/2021

Be sure to have a drainage and water until water comes out!

Survivor Survivor
@cherbthesweetpotato avatar
@@cherbthesweetpotato
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 185 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 72 Plants
xp 18,036 XP
09/25/2021

Very delicate leaves.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Erodplants avatar
@@Erodplants
leaf-1 110 Plants
xp 2,758 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 3 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Des Moines, IA
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, UT
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, OK
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 20 Plants
xp 2,058 XP
globe League City, TX
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, AZ
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
Survivor Survivor
@Vforvendetti avatar
@@Vforvendetti
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 5,717 XP
globe Orangevale, CA
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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Erodplants avatar
@@Erodplants
leaf-1 110 Plants
xp 2,758 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
@BrandyLVSplants avatar
@@BrandyLVSplants
leaf-1 93 Plants
xp 6,167 XP
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 171 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 66 Plants
xp 9,716 XP
globe Jacksonville, FL
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, PA
05/16/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
@Maria avatar
@@Maria
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 5,697 XP
globe Highland, CA
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
@KyKysGarden avatar
@@KyKysGarden
leaf-1 50 Plants
xp 3,061 XP
04/26/2021

ugly. always looks dead and is dropping leaves

Fast grower Fast grower

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