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Sweet Potato Slips - Hernandez, ORGANIC

$14.00$150.00

Ipomoea batatas

Our grower Clif Slade says this is his favorite sweet potato! Large, blocky tubers have very high brix content, making them incredibly sweet. Clif also says that the deer always stay away from this variety in his fields, which make this a keeper in our books! Vigorous vines and very high yields.

 

An additional shipping and handling fee will automatically be applied to your sweet potato order. $2 in addition to regular shipping for the 12, 36 and 50 slip sizes. $5 addition to regular shipping for the 100 slip size. $11 addition to regular shipping for the 500 slip size. For more than 500 slips please call for quote.
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Product Description

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100′ Row Average Yield / 100′ Row Days to Harvest
100 slips 100+ lbs 90-120
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 70-90°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant 3-5″ 6-12″
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
6-12″ NA Annual 6-8 months

Growing Sweet Potatoes

Bed Preparation

   Sweet potatoes do not like weed competition, so lightly till the bed once or twice starting 2 weeks prior to planting. The slips may be planted directly in the ground or in raised ridges of soil 8” high to help them warm up faster and to improve drainage.      

Planting

   Plant after the danger of frost has passed, when the soil is as least 65°F. Place slips 3” deep, spaced 12” apart. For vining varieties (the most common), rows should be about at least 3’-4’ apart. Rows can be closer for bush varieties. Slips will often arrive wilted or show significant transplant shock. Don't worry! Plant as normal and after a week or so they'll perk up.      

Cultivation

   Sweet potatoes can be slow starters so keep the field weeded until the plants begin to spread. Otherwise, leave them alone. Extra fertilizer tends to promote leaf growth but not increased root yields.      

Harvest

   Greens can be harvested throughout the season with light clipping from each plant. Stop watering 3 weeks prior to root harvest to keep mature tubers from splitting. Dig up potatoes where the slip was originally planted. Harvest can begin in early fall until no later than first frost.      

Curing and Storage

   Sweet potatoes should be cured to convert the starch to sugar and to toughen the outer skin for long-term storage. Store them in a warm room at 80°F to 85°F with high humidity for 10 days. Afterwards, keep them in a dark, cool location in a ventilated mouse-proof container.      

Pests

   Deer and groundhogs enjoy eating the young greens while wireworms and nematodes can affect the tubers. Rotating crop location can reduce soil-borne pests.

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12 Slips, 36 Slips, 50 Slips, 100 Slips, 500 Slips

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