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Sweet Potato Ipomoea batatas

How to sow sweet potato: Slips

Sun requirement for sweet potato: Plant in Full Sun

Sweet Potato has been planted 12 times by Growstuff members.

The sweet potato is a large, starchy, tuberous root. The tuber is long and tapered and has yellow, orange, red, brown, purple, or beige skin. It's flesh can be white, red, pink, violet, yellow, orange, or purple. Sweet potato cultivars with white or pale yellow flesh are not as sweet and moist as those with red, pink or orange flesh. The heart-shaped leaves and vines are sometimes eaten as greens when the plants are young, but eating the leaves interferes with the growth of the tuber underground. The sweet potato is not related to the potato or the yam.

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Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

24 weeks

Height

25cm

Spread

100cm

Row Spacing

35cm

Companions

bush bean dill parsnip oregano beet

Photos

Sweet potato crops

Sweet potato plantings

Sweet potato bed
Sweet potato bed
by maco
Sweet potato slips
Sweet potato slips
by pazinjanka
by maco

Sweet potato harvests

by maco
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Sunniness

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Harvested for

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Varieties

kūmara

kūmara

Ipomoea batatas

Crop Map

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What people are saying about sweet potatoes

Getting ready for spring!

by maco,

I've got seeds either on-hand or ordered for just about everything I'm starting from seed this year. I've been working out what I want to plant, and this is the plan I've come up with for the 72 square feet of my backyard raised beds: ![garden plan](http://mackenzie.morgan.name/tmp/garden_plan...

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sweet potatoes

by robin,

I planted these sweet potatoes on 5-26-14. Could someone tell me when they can be harvested? I've read that the vines need to look dry on the ends. However, I don't thinkg they are ready yet. I also read that they need about four months in the ground to mature. That would mean they won't be ready...

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First strawberry!

by neotoma,

I had the first tiny strawberry of the season today! I'm looking forward to many more. Also, I transplanted a lot of seedlings into the community garden today: 2 [cucumber](crop)s, 3 [green bean](crop)s, 2 tongue-of-fire beans, an ornamental [sweet potato](crop), and an [artichoke](crop). I...

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Garden trouble!

by oakandsage,

Something's skeletonizing my [carrot](crop)s and [dill](crop). It did a number on the sweet basil I planted, and is taking out the kale plants one by one. I haven't caught it in the act yet, though I've seen a couple big fat grasshoppers around; they're pretty likely culprits. My [blueberry](...

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