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Sweet Potato, Bonita (PP22719)

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The sweetest we've ever tasted.

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The sweeter sweet potato. With double the sucrose content of O'Henry, Bonita delivers unbeatable sweetness. Tan-skinned with a pink cast, Bonita's bright white flesh with yellow tints is perfect for traditional potato dishes, and some not so traditional, like sweet potato French fries (amazing).
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

90-100 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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  • Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet Potatoes
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: May-16 - Last Date: Jun-13

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
90-100 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, Bonita (PP22719) is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My standard sweet potato I got these the first time maybe 5 years ago. They are now my standard crop each year. Sweet and moist.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed results- bad delivery timing I purchased the Bonita sweet potatos in advance of the season. They arrived right in the middle of a bad cold snap in the Northeast- I was disappointed with that timing as we were still ahead of the normal planting season and I expected these to arrive later. Instead I had to try and hold them for over a week before the weather warmed enough for planting. The 12 I received were extremely varied in size, and the smallest ones all died within a week of planting. I got 7/12 plants to grow, and will see how the potatos turn out in a couple months.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy breezy I planted these in 2015 and as a novice harvested them too early but was still rewarded with potatoes, just not a lot, this year we didn't plant them again they volunteered all over the place. We let them grow with high hopes and did absolutely NOTHING.. Harvested a section today and OMG potato city... We will grow these again and again
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from White Sweet Potatoes Bought these plants for my neighbor (who has moved and took the plants with her) She did say that the White Sweet potatoes make the best Sweet Potato Pies. Have not asked her how the plants are doing, so can't really give a good review. However, before she moved the plants were growing nicely - that was the end of June.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh. We grew these for the first time in 2013. I was very hopeful that they would do well here in Michigan, we've grown other varieties with great success. I have to say that I was rather disappointed in them. I don't know how to describe the flavor, but "sweet" isn't it, "green" or "slightly sour" is closer, maybe "baked green pumpkin" describes the taste. They also turned black when they were cooked. I make a dish where I cook the sweet potatoes, then peal and dice them, add some other ingredients and put them back in the oven. When these were twice cooked they turned brown like rotten apples - only not so much brown as "black" (and I swear I didn't burn it). I won't be growing them again. They just didn't do well here in Michigan.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Easy I planted 12 slips and was rewarded with 42 lbs. They were so easy to grow and required almost no care!!!
Date published: 2013-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Sweet Potato! We love sweet potatoes, but Bonita is by far the best sweet potato with the best flavor that we have ever eaten. We grew them this year, and they are now in our "must grow every year" list. We always fix them like a baked potato. Scrubbed, poked, in shallow pan with a bit of oil over them, in a 400 degree oven for 45 min to 1 hr. Savory: with kosher salt, oil or butter on them. Sweet: Brown Sugar and butter on them. I'm sure you will love them!
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uniquely Sweet and Flaky 'Bonita' has a uniquely sweet and flaky texture, seemingly part sweet potato, part baking potato when cooked. I really liked the versatility of this variety and flip-flopped between sweet potato and regular baking potato recipes. My favorite was a twice-baked 'Bonita' rubbed in sea salt to balance out the sweetness.
Date published: 2011-11-21
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