Sweet Potato, Beauregard
Big and elongated, red-skinned tubers are extra-rich orange inside.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
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How to Plant
- Plant sweet potatoes as soon as you receive the bare roots, or “slips”, in spring, after all danger of frost has passed.
- Do not be concerned if the plants look limp and the green tops do not look robust. If the roots are white and firm the plants are healthy and ready for planting. You can put them in a glass of water to help the roots absorb water and the greens should perk up.
- Choose a sunny location with a loose, easily worked, well-drained soil. Sweet potatoes prefer a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. The ideal time to plant is late in the afternoon after the hottest part of the day, on a day that is not windy.
- Plant sweet potatoes in ridges 8-12 inches high and 3 feet apart. Set the plants 10-18 inches apart.
- When setting the plants in the ground do not cover the stem. Cover the roots and firm the soil. Water lightly.
- If there is danger of frost cover the rows with row covers.
- In areas with shorter seasons use black plastic mulches to warm the soil earlier in the season. If you use this method you may need to water more during periods of high heat during the growing season.
How to Grow
- Cultivate around the plants to prevent weeds, and to prevent side roots from developing. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients. Cultivate carefully so as not to bruise or cut the young tubers forming just below the soil. Once plants get started their growth will tend to smother our many weeds and grasses.
- Provide sweet potato plants with about ¾ inches of water weekly when they are young, and water them more as the plants mature. Do not water during the 2 weeks before harvest.
- Many gardeners prefer not to fertilize because they feel not fertilizing improves the flavor, while others feel that fertilizing increases yields. If you choose to fertilize, side dress with a balanced fertilizer about six weeks after planting. Do not use excessive nitrogen.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvesting and Preserving Tips
- Harvest small roots, or “baby bakers” anytime as desired, or harvest full-sized roots in the fall. Simply examine an average hill and dig the potatoes when they approach the desired size. Dig any remaining roots before frost.
- When digging sweet potatoes be careful not to bruise them. Use a shovel or large pronged fork. With a loose row, pull the soil away with your hands.
- After digging up your sweet potatoes, cure them in a warm, well ventilated location out of the sun for 8-10 days. This will help heal cuts and bruises and toughen the skin for winter storage.
- Store sweet potatoes at 55°F at high humidity. Sweet potatoes can store for several months after being properly cured.
- Eat sweet potatoes baked, mashed, candied, caramelized, deep-fried, stuffed or boiled.
Days To Maturity90-95 daysSunFull SunSpread3-4 feetHeight6-10 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Sweet Potato, Beauregard is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by northwoods from Wonderful Sweet Potato Have always been curious if I could grow sweet potatoes in Central Minnesota's short growing season. Ordered Beauregard and they arrived May 31st looking like the last rose of summer, but alive. Planted them within hours of arrival. Their start was slow, but they(all of the roots) grew into wonderfully, healthy plants. Was so excited to see the first blossoms!! I dug them the first week of September as we were to have our first frost.. Wonderful large, and beautifully shaped sweet potatoes under those healthy plants!! Can't wait for 2015 season as I will order Beauregard again!! They are so very delicious!!Date published: 2014-10-17Rated 1 out of 5 by Ria411 from Dead Potato - order in April just received 5/31/14 My potato arrived with no instr. to bring it back to life.Date published: 2014-05-31Rated 5 out of 5 by Gmabats from Fantastic Sweet potatoes... Back in May, I ordered Beauregard sweet potato slips and planted them June 1, 2013. Just harvested the 6 plants I planted in the garden and looks like I should have harvested earlier. Several of the potatoes I harvested were HUGE as in about 5 lb each. Even ate some of the greens and they were wonderful as well.. Sweet potatoes are my new favorite plant. Here are pics of when I first planted them and after I harvested them. Note too, after I took the pic, I went digging some more further out from the plant and found a few more big ones, not quite as large as the biggest ones though. Most of these came from just 4 of the 6 plants. One plant the big potato had gotten mushy and started to rot but I found some smaller ones around.. and one plant only had thin carrot sized roots.. Those will last me a while!Date published: 2013-09-15Rated 1 out of 5 by debbra81 from Awful First I had to wait several months to get these plants. Upon arrival they were wilted or half dead and dried up. Out of two orders I might get 3 plants. I will never order again.Date published: 2013-05-20Rated 5 out of 5 by gardenfever from Really sweet! After trying out several different varieties, Beauregard has become our favorite. Unbelievable that those wilted little sets (which perk up quickly in water) turn into lush 6' long vines with excellent potato production of all sizes. Even the football size tubers were sweet and tender without any woodiness at all. We got so much I ended up turning a lot into sweet potato mash and freezing it in meal-size portions - delicious.Date published: 2013-01-15Rated 4 out of 5 by Kronos from Easy to grow here... This is one of the easiest things I have ever grown in my garden. Never tried sweet potato until '09. Built a 4' x 4' raised bed 16" deep. filled it with composted soil and some peat moss. Be ready for the vines to spread! Wish I had a picture handy to post at the moment, but vines grew 6-8 feet beyond the edges of my container. (Would have been nice to know that ahead of time). Dug sweet potato's up for several months. Even the few that I let go for what I thought was too long in the ground were still tasty. Of the 12 starter roots only one died. No problems with insects or animals.Date published: 2010-01-16