The Great Famine was a period in Ireland between 1845 and 1849 of mass starvation, disease, and immigration. During the famine, about one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island’s population to fall by between 20% and 25%. This time has also been referred to as the Irish Potato Famine as the cause was a potato blight, which infected potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s, precipitating some 100,000 deaths in total in the worst affected areas and among similar tenant farmers of Europe.
I thought it would be a great activity to grow a potato to see how it looks as it starts to create roots and leaves.
First I inserted tooth picks into the sides of the potatoes in three areas. This will keep the potato suspended above the water.
Next I put it in a glass jar filled with water.
I placed the potato in the window and watched the leaves/roots form.
After only a few days some early leaves and roots started to form. My oldest liked to check on it every morning and see if it grew any overnight.
After a few weeks leaves had emerged from the top of the canning jar. I didn’t know that a sweet potato was such a beautiful plant!
After about a month, we had to transfer our potato plant to another container as it had outgrew the canning jar. I used a half gallon soda container and cut the top off. It worked very well.
As soon as the outdoors warms up enough, we are going to plant it in a larger pot outside. I can’t wait for baby sweet potatoes!