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Bradshaw Sweet Potato

$13.95

Pre-Order Information

Sweet Potato Slips ship in early June, 2024


Ipomoea batatas

Orange skin and deep orange flesh when cooked. Great traditional Southern sweet potato variety with a rich sweetness that has become a family favorite in more than a few households. Good yields, fairly uniform tubers, and an average keeper.

Slips are grown locally by the Appalachian Seed Growers Collective. Thomas, a member of the collective, has trialed 40 different varieties over ten years, and this sweet potato stands out as his best orange variety for both growing and taste. Seed stock was originally popularized by Dr. David Bradshaw and has been grown locally by Yanna Fishman since 2005. 

Due to the perishable nature of sweet potato slips, all orders of sweet potatoes will ship via USPS priority mail or UPS ground. This will help ensure that your sweet potato slips arrive to your door happy, healthy and ready for planting.

Find our Sweet Potato Growing Guide here! 

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Product Availability: Sweet Potato Slips become available to pre-order beginning January 1st each year and are available until sold out. Sweet Potato Slips are limited and can sell out prior to their shipping date so we recommend ordering early for the best selection. 

Shipping Schedule: The exact shipping dates of sweet potato slips are dependent on delivery from our growers and may vary slightly but we generally ship out sweet potato slips in early June. We will send order and shipping updates to all customers via the email address on file, please keep an eye out as we get closer to June (be sure to check your spam folder). 
 

NOTE: We do not ship based on the customer's growing zone or individual preferences. We cannot hold sweet potato orders, please ensure our estimated shipping window works for your growing zone and your schedule prior to placing your order. Once an order is placed it cannot be canceled or changed, please be sure to review your order carefully prior to placing it. 

 

Shipping Method:  Due to the perishable nature of sweet potato slips, all orders of sweet potatoes ship via USPS priority mail or UPS ground. This helps ensure your sweet potato slips arrive healthy and ready to plant. 

 

Local Pickup: If you live in close proximity to Asheville, NC you may choose to pick up your sweet potato order from our garden shop at 243 Haywood St. Asheville, NC. We are open seven days a week from 10am - 5pm. You will be notified via email when your order is ready for pickup. Due to the very perishable nature of sweet potato slips, you must pickup your order within 5 days of that notification. If your order is not picked up within that 5 day window, your order may be donated to a local community garden, no refunds or replacements will be provided. 
 

 

Average Seed / ozPlants / 100' RowAvg Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
 N/A100 slips100 lbs90-120
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost70-90°FFull SunFrost Sensitive
Planting MethodPlanting DepthPlant SpacingProduction Cycle
Transplant3-5"6-12"Annual

 

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.

Sweet Potatoes, Ipomoea batatas
Pollination, vegetative; Life Cycle, perennial grown as annual; Isolation Distance, n/a
Collecting seeds from sweet potatoes is a true challenge, and in fact almost impossible in zones 9 and above, so the majority of gardeners propagate their new plants as clones of the previous year's harvest. It is best to create slips from the roots of multiple plants to ensure healthy genetics moving forward.