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Sweet Potato, Georgia Jet

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Well-suited to the Northeast. Harvest a heavy crop of large tubers in just 90 days.

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A tasty red-skinned sweet potato with deep orange, moist flesh. Heavy crop of large tubers in just 90 days. Well-suited to the Northeast.
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Item#: 65285
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Item#: 65292
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

90 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

36-48 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

6-10 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.


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May 08, 2017

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Items 65285, 65292 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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Planting and Growing Potatoes
Potatoes are fun and easy to grow in the garden and even in containers. Their creamy nut-like flavor is heavenly.
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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 out 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 Maturity
90 days
Full Sun
36-48 inches
6-10 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Life Cycle
Sweet Potato, Georgia Jet is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never grew Planted these and they never grew. Stayed the same size all season. Never died just never grew. Stayed 4 inches all season. Not good for me.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor results I bought 25 plants they were shipped later than I thought they would and I planted them the next day. I have planted them in years before and they did really well, however, this year they did not do well at all. The plants looked great, but I harvested them today and I only had about 6 tubers. That's crazy! I'll try again next year.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from didn't work for me I ordered these last year and they shipped late and arrived dead. Burpee stood behind them and refunded my money. I figured I would try again this year. The plants again arrived appearing very much dead. 4 of the 12 eventually survived but this required potting individually in a greenhouse with lots of TLC. Once planted in the garden they sat there and did nothing all season long. The poor growth may be my climate ( zone 4 Idaho- not typical sweet potato country) but the poor quality of slips was disappointing.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dissatisfied Plants were almost dead when I got them. Managed to save one.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Potato Vines Everywhere I ordered plants in the spring and they were pretty sad upon arrival. But I followed your instructions and I think everyone survived. It is not time to harvest but if the vines are any indication, we will be overrun with sweet potatoes. Can't wait!!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Growing great! These have been in for a little over 90 days now, and I'm going to end up leaving them in for four months to let the potatoes get a little bigger. They have beautiful green vines and small potatoes on them now, so I think they'll be perfect in just a few more weeks. I'm in region 7a, so they'll be safe until October. Will definitely purchase again!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just dug them! Happy with yield. Great flavor. Most of them were pressure cooker canned and we will enjoy them all winter.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Georgia Jet - self watering buckets I made self watering buckets for my plants this year. I decided to throw my sweet potatoes in the buckets . Never had grown potatoes in the five gallon buckets. One plant per bucket. When I harvested the roots were bound up, but the plants did great in the lush soil . 15-20 foot vines sprouted. To harvest I just tipped the buckets over and 3 or four tubers fell out in the soil. The sweets were right next to my zucchini plants. Those were the only zucchinis that survived the onslaught of borers. Apparently the borers couldn't smell the zucchinis because the odor of the sweet potatoes disguised them. I plan to buy more georgia jets because the bugs ignored them. You can eat the leaves of sweet potatoes too.
Date published: 2016-04-10
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