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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.
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.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
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.
The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.
Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
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
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-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for 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.
Sweet Potato, Georgia Jet is rated
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Rated 4 out of
Accidental Experiment ExampleWhen the plants arrived, I was not impressed. I am good at saving nearly dead plants, but out of all 25 that arrived, only 4 appeared to be possible to save. Planted four with the best chance, they all came back but the bed was not large enough for four, so I removed two to allow the other two to thrive. The bed was designed for onions/garlic, but due to the sweet potato bed not getting put in in time the sweet potatoes were grown in it. Bed is a raised bed with 20" of soil alternating sand and loose/topsoil-ish with each layer being 5" thick. The potatoes grew better in the sand layers than the loose-topsoil/compost layers. With two plants, I got about 14 decent size sweet potatoes which would probably had been larger had the deer not kept eating the foliage once every 3-4 days. As can be seen, these grow better as expected in the sand, than topsoil/compost mixture.
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 2 out of
Christopher B from
Did not do well in the North EastI live in New England (zone 6-6A) so I decided to try this variety. I built a raised bed using compost, sand, sawdust, peat moss and vermiculite so the soil was very loose. I planted 24 slips and 23 took. I used only a 10-10-10 fertilizer at the beginning of the season. The slips started to take off after 2-3 weeks. (And the deer took notice too.)
As the months went on, anticipation grew for a huge harvest given the size and density of the vines. One fall set in and the leaves yellowed I began to dig. I was disappointed beyond belief!! I got not a single potato to eat!! Most of them were long and skinny like a carrot. Several had grown stocky and plump and were all cracked and split not smooth. Many had these small worm tunneling in them. The skins were not the deep orange you see in the pictures. They were a raspberry red or tan and the insides were a dull pinkish tan not bright orange! I am on the fence about trying this variety again. I might give it one more shot to see if it was a learning curve that caused the issues or the variety itself.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 1 out of
ZipMust be the weather here. We got Zip not one potato.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 1 out of
DissappointedPlant came very dry. Contacted customer service and was told that was normal. I still planted them as directed but plants quickly died. Dissappointed and potatoes are not cheap.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of
F Jack from
Hardy plantWhen I received the plants, they were a stressed from shipment, which Burpee warned about in the paperwork that came with the plants. I planted them right away, and expected them to die. I watered them everyday and was pleasantly surprised when they grew with a vengeance. The stems and leaves died back, but the roots survived. They've taken a larger area than I expected and are very healthy. I can't say how the sweet potatoes are specifically, since it's not harvest time yet. I suspect I will have a bumper crop. I would definitely buy these again.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 1 out of
Never grewPlanted 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
Poor resultsI 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
didn't work for meI 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.