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Organic Sweet Potato Plants Slips

Certified Organic Sweet Potato Slips

Shipping begins in late May, continues through June. Earlier shipment not available. Growing instructions included with order.

NOTE: Sweet potato slips cannot be shipped to California.

1 slip generally yields 2-4 pounds

How to Grow: Sweet Potatoes can be grown succesfully in all 50 states. They do best with ample sun and heat and need at least 90 days frost free in most climates. The amount of heat units determine time to maturity, so if you live in a climate where the heat of summer means daytime temperatures 85 degrees or higher, you can grow sweet potatoes. We do recommend black plastic mulch for Northern growers. 

Sweet potatoes are grown from 'slips', sprouts that are cut from the 'mother' sweet potato in a greenhouse production bed.  Sweet Potato Slips will arrive wilted despite having been cut and gently wrapped in moist paper before being mailed promptly to your door. Roots will not be present yet and the tender leaves will likely be extremely wilted or brown. This is normal! Green stems will still grow into lush vines!

When the soil is at least 75 degrees and night temperature are at least 50 degrees, you are ready to plant. Plant slips 10''-18'' apart in rows spaced 24''-36''.  Slips can be placed in raised hills or beds. Place slips several inches deep in soil, this should cover several root nodules.  Keep soil moist for first several weeks after planting.  Keep on top of weeds early, eventually the vines of the plant will spread and out-compete most weeds. Sweet potatoes are beautiful plants that vine prolificly and sometimes show striking flowers similar to those of morning glory, to which they are related. 

Water consistently throughout season, tapering off a bit towards harvest.  Sweet potatoes should be harvested before, or soon after first frost in the Fall.  Each plant should produce 2-4 lbs of potatoes that can be hand dug with a shovel or fork. 

Cure harvested roots for 5 days in a hot and humid environment as close to 85 degrees and 95% humidity as you can provide.  This can be done in a shaded area of a greenhouse or in a room with a humidifier.  If these conditions are not available, layer roots in newspaper in a closed boxes for several weeks. Cured roots can be stored for 6-10 months at 55-65 degrees.

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Beauregard Sweet Potato

'Beauregard' is a very widely grown and popular variety with dark red-orange skin and moist, sweet, orange flesh. Can get very large.


Our price: $10.00
Red Japanese Sweet Potato

'Red Japanese' has purple skin and white flesh. An adaptable variety that produces well without optimal heat and season length.


Our price: $10.00
Carolina Ruby Sweet Potato

'Carolina Ruby' has a red skin that gives beautiful contrast to a deep orange flesh. Very tasty with good disease resistance.


Our price: $10.00
Georgia Jet Sweet Potato

'Georgia Jet' has a rosy pink skin with pale orange flesh. Excellent producer! A good choice for Northern growers.


Our price: $10.00
Purple Profusion Sweet Potato

'Purple Profusion' says it all- purple skin with intense purple flesh! Retains color after cooking and is naturally high in anthocyanins. This variety needs a long hot season for best yields.


Our price: $10.00
Sweet Potato Collection

Three excellent varieties to try! Beauregard, Georgia Jets, and Red Japanese. 18 slips total.


Our price: $20.00
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