Sweet potato

Ipomoea batatas

Patate sucrée    Sweet potato   Camote   Süsskartoffel

Crop Rotation Group :Solanaceae (Potato and tomato family)seetpotato

Soil :Light, sandy soil best, but can adapt to any fertile, well drained soil.

Position : Full sun

Frost tolerant : No.


Helps: Okra
Helped by:



Sow and Plant :Plant ‘slips’ that grow from sprouting tubers in late spring or early summer, after the soil is very warm.

Germination:  days

Spacing :Single Plants: 1′ 5″ (45cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 5″ (45cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap

Feeding : Mix a light application of a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil before planting.

Harvesting :Dig in fall when the soil is still warm. Cure in a warm, airy place for two weeks before storing at cool room temperatures.

Yield per 10ft of row: 12lbs

Time to harvest: 140-150days

Troubleshooting :Deer are fond of sweet potato vines.

Notes :Okra and Sweet Potato are mutually beneficial when planted simultaneously.
Sweet potatoes form a dense green ground cover under hot summer conditions. Tubers are often found 12 inches or more from the plant’s primary crown, so dig carefully. Although not from the solanaceae family, sweet potatoes are often placed in that group for crop rotation purposes because they share several important pests and diseases such as wireworms and nematodes which is why we show it as solanaceae.