Sweet Potato Growing Guide
Crop Rotation Group
Light, sandy soil best, but can adapt to any fertile, well drained soil.
Mix a good organic compost into the soil before planting.
Single Plants: 45cm (1' 5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 45cm (1' 5") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)
Sow and Plant
Plant 'slips' that grow from sprouting tubers in late spring or early summer, after the soil is very warm.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
Sweet potatoes form a dense green ground cover, thriving in hot summer conditions. Tubers are often found 12 inches or more from the plant's primary crown, so dig carefully.
Dig in autumn when the soil is still warm. Cure in a warm, airy place for two weeks before storing at cool room temperatures.
Deer are fond of sweet potato vines.
Planting and Harvesting Calendar
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