Sweet Potato Plant Collection
90 Days. These unique sweet potato varieties will bring all new flavor and texture to your culinary creations. Includes two plants of each of the following varieties:
O'Henry: Creamy-white interior is delicious and succulently moist. This tasty variety has the lavish texture of an orange/red tuber, but with a beautiful, pale interior and light-colored skin. Ideal for baking, stews, and soups.
Beauregard: The answer for gardeners in cooler growing conditions where other sweet potatoes won't normally prosper. This classic, red-skinned, orange-fleshed variety tolerates a range of growing conditions successfully, yielding large tubers that are moist and delicately sweet.
Purple: A gorgeous and extra nutritious addition to the varied range of sweet potato varieties. Purple, as its name implies, is bright purple outside with vibrant amethyst, tie-dye streaked flesh. Even when cooked, this brilliant coloring remains.
Sweet potato plants ship at the end of April or end of May. The plants are in 3 1/2 inch containers.
PLEASE READ: Available only within the contiguous US. Sorry, not available to CA.
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Ipomoea batatas Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A. Although sweet potatoes and yams look alike, the yam is from a subtropical shrub that is native to Africa, while the sweet potato is from the American morning glory family.
Days to maturity are calculated from date of planting.
• Sweet potatoes should be planted in the garden when the weather has stabilized in late spring and nighttime temperatures are above 60°F
• The use of low tunnels or cold frames is highly recommended in cooler climates and northern states with shorter seasons
• Rototill or fork in a 2 inch thick layer of compost and bone meal — use 5-7 pounds per 100 square feet
• Create 6-8 inch high raised beds
• Soil should be adequately draining; water thoroughly every 7-10 days
• Sweet potatoes require up to 1 inch of water per week throughout the season
• Plant slips deeply into raised beds, up to top leaves
• Live plants should be planted even with the soil
• Keep evenly moist until you see new growth
• If the soil temperature is less than 65°F, plant slips in 3-4 inch pots and keep them in a warm location until you can plant outside
Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Usually pest free
• Common diseases: Scurf
• Disease prevention: Remove all plant debris after harvest and practice good crop rotation
Harvest & Storage
• Harvest prior to first frost after the weather cools in the fall
• To cure, brush off the soil and place the sweet potatoes in a warm, dry area (80-85°F and 80-90% relative humidity) for 7-14 days
• After curing, handle carefully and store them at 50-60°F