If potted vegetables on the ground (considered shmita worthy) is placed on a table, does this change its status as far as the laws concerning shmita food?

  • Does tge pot have a hole in the bottom?
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 14:15
  • @DoubleAA It has holes on the bottom but it sits on a plate. But what about if it had holes and sat on the floor of a balcony ?
    – alice fine
    Commented Nov 8, 2014 at 16:18

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Since the vegetables have grown (somewhat) during Shmita, then even moving them to a non-Shmita location, would not remove the Shmita status.

If part of the vegie is Shmita, the entire vegie is Shmita.

Source: Mishna in Shvi'is 6:3. Relevant parts of the Bartenura:

בְּצָלִים שֶׁל שִׁשִּׁית שֶׁנִּכְנְסוּ לַשְּׁבִיעִית, וְיָרְדוּ עֲלֵיהֶם גְּשָׁמִים וְצָמְחוּ, אִם הִשְׁחִירוּ הֶעָלִין בְּיָדוּעַ שֶׁגָּדְלוּ וְהוֹסִיפוּ, וַאֲתוּ גִּדּוּלֵי שְׁבִיעִית וּמְבַטְּלִים הָעִקָּר אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהוּא מְרֻבֶּה.‏

The Rambam in הלכות שמיטה ויובל in Ch. 4:20 paskens like this Mishna.

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