Sweet Potato, Georgia Jet
Well-suited to the Northeast. Harvest a heavy crop of large tubers in just 90 days.
Days To Maturity
After Last Frost
Plant Shipping Information
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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 daysSunFull SunSpread3-4 feetHeight6-10 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeSpringSow TimeAfter Last FrostThin12 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Sweet Potato, Georgia Jet is rated out of 5 by 6.Rated 5 out of 5 by FarmerTK from Giant Jets First try at these this year and very happy with the outcome. I grew them in Smart Pots so had to keep steering and layering the ever-growing vines! The vines are very attractive so am going into the garden proper with these next year. Production was great - and check out the monster in the background: its' 5 lbs! These are just-picked so more pink than orange, but the curing is having the desired effect. Can hardly wait to try them!Date published: 2015-10-25Rated 5 out of 5 by AKGardner1 from Georgia Jet Sweet Potato Even though you don't ship sweet potatoes to Alaska, I found a way to get them up here. I planted in my greenhouse and they flourished! I planted on May 16th and harvested on Sept 5th. These are the most delicious sweet potatoes I have ever eaten! Can't wait to plant more next year. I have a lot of interest from my fellow gardners. Thank you!Date published: 2015-09-06Rated 5 out of 5 by washita from Georgia Jet sweet patatoes According to all research for Washington State, sweet potatoes wouldn't produce in Washington State. I dug down around one of my plants this morning, surprise a sweet potato 2" across!! This is in Skagit County Washington. So don't believe everything you read.Date published: 2014-10-05Rated 5 out of 5 by SSRRTT from Beautiful color These potatoes have the most beautiful color and rich taste. They just like the picture when we dug them up and we got probably 4 or 5 large potatoes from each plant. They make the best baked sweet potatoes and baked potato chips. Simply slice them, toss in olive oil and rosemary and bake the slices in the oven!Date published: 2014-09-05Rated 5 out of 5 by owlman61 from Fantastic Sweet Poato My grandson loves sweet potatoes. When we were planning our garden last Spring he made a point that I had to plant sweet potatoes. Needless to say I was rather skeptical of growing sweet potatoes in New England. So I planted 12-bareroots of Georgia Jet potatoes from Burpees and our first results at growing them was amazing. The vines choked out all the weeds so there was little weeding. When it came time to dig with my Grandson, I prayed for something to be underground and were we pleasantly surprised. My first turn of the soil yielded about 8-10 magnificent potatoes. The rest of the plants were not disappointing. Out of our 12-bareroots we yield about 75 lbs. of great tasting sweet potatoes! Grandma who is not a big fan of sweet potatoes said," they were the best tasting sweet potatoes she had ever eaten! I'll be back for double the bareroots this coming summer! Thanks, Burpees you made one Grandfather the hero of the day!!!Date published: 2011-12-02Rated 5 out of 5 by ConnecticutYankee from WOW We planted 24 plants and have experienced incredible (read unbelievable) yields in north central Connecticut. Planted in raised beds, covered in black paper, mulched contiuously between the beds (grass clippings) until the vines covered the ground. Planted last week of May, harvested mid September. Will harvest some next year two to three weeks earlier to avoid cracking and get smaller potatoes.Date published: 2008-09-22