Growing Guide: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet PotatoesIf you’re looking for an easy, nutritious and decorative vegetable for your garden, try growing sweet potatoes. Another tasty veggie in the Morning glory family, sweet potatoes tolerate low nutrient levels but can fall prey to some common garden pests, including the dreaded sweet potato weevil.

When to sow indoorsNot applicable (not grown from seed)
When to sow outdoorsNot applicable (not grown from seed)
Seed depthNot applicable (not grown from seed)
Germination soil temperatureNot applicable (not grown from seed)
Germination lengthNot applicable (not grown from seed)
When to transplant3 – 4 weeks after last frost
VarietiesVardaman (compact, bush cultivar)

Beauregard (purple skin, deep color)

Georgia Jet (early maturing)
pH range5.5 – 6.5
Soil temperature for growing65° – 90°F
Spacing14" – 18"
WateringLow
LightFull sun
Nutrient requirementsN = low

P = low

K = low
Fertilizer scheduleNot necessary unless plants seem distressed
When to harvestVaries by type and cultivar
Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing sweet potatoes.

Image thanks to LLez!


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