Sweet potatoes

sweet PotatoI’m going to be trying to grow sweet potatoes this year. I’ve ordered five varieties from two sources. I’ll keep you updated on how they go!

  • Beauregard from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.  “One of the most popular sweet potato varieties. Dark red-orange skin with moist, sweet, orange flesh. Quick maturing and well adapted to difficult growing conditions. High percentage of usable roots. Excellent choice for cool season areas.” (Planted late May? Early June?)
  • Centennial from Sand Hill Preservation Center. “Early. Semi-bush, normal leaf, copper skin, pale orange flesh, long, skinny roots, adapted for heavier soils, above average yield.”
  • Ginseng Red from Sand Hill Preservation Center. “(Heirloom Variety) Early. Large, semi-bush, ivy leaf, pink skin, light orange flesh. Can produce one super large root. “
  • Red Ivy Leaf from Sand Hill Preservation Center. “Early. Semi-bush, green colored ivy leaf, deep pink skin, light orange flesh, average yield.”
  • Ringley’s Puerto Rico from Sand Hill Preservation Center. “(Heirloom Variety) Early. Average vines, ivy leaf type with pale, off-cream to tan colored skin, apricot flesh, average yields.” (Planted these June 18-20)

Sand Hill specializes in heirloom sweet potatoes. I ordered the “Northern Special” – a random selection of short-season varieties. I forget if I ordered 25 or 50…I think 50. Hmmm…might have to move some squash…especially since the peas are still going gangbusters in the greenhouse. I’m planting some in there and some outside under black plastic mulch to compare how they do.



  1. Ed Bruske said,

    June 20, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Get ready–sweet potatoes grow everywhere. But here’s the bonus: the leaves are edible. We used lots of them in coconut milk curries.

  2. June 22, 2009 at 6:36 am

    I’ve got to find more garden space next year and try some of these. Holy cow, I love sweet potatoes!

  3. Lisa Bashert said,

    June 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Wow, I never knew the leaves were edible. Good to know.

    I have been growing White Triumphs for several years — they are similar to the white super sweet east coast varieties I grew up with. (For years, I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t make “good” sweet potatoes up here in Michigan… doh.) This year was the first year I actually started my own slips from last year’s harvest. That was incredibly fun!

    I took about 7 good looking large-ish sweets from my bin and (yep, just like in fourth grade), I suspended the bottom third of each in a drinking glass using 3 toothpicks. I did this in February. By Mid-May, I had slips about 5-6″ long. I pulled these off the potato and rooted them separately — took 6-10 days to develop gorgeous roots. Then I just popped them into the bed. Here’s how the White Triumphs looked last year — http://www.foursquaresociety.blogspot.com — see entries from 6/12, 6/21, and 9/18/08.

    • Emily said,

      June 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

      Wow, Lisa, thanks for the tutorial! I’d love to try this next year!

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