When do sweet potatoes mature

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Although not related to the common potato Solanum tuberosumthe sweet potato Ipomoea batatas recently has been used as a more healthy alternative to French fries and mashed potatoes. Cultivating your own sweet potato plant allows you to have a beautiful ground-spreading vine decorating your garden while producing a practical food crop. Grown from miniature sweet potatoes, called slips, sweet potato plants have differing growth rates, depending on the climate and when you remove the potato.

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In Asian cuisine, sweet potato leaves are a staple in a host of dishes. Recent studies have shown that these mild tasting leaves contain five times more Vitamin C, three times more Vitamin B6 and nearly 10 times more riboflavin than the sweet tubers. Pick older leaves so young ones can keep growing—and nourishing the potatoes.

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Examine the ground for bulges about 90 to days after planting sweet potatoes. When the ground bulges, they are almost ready to harvest. Watch for the plant foliage to turn yellow.

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In a clean eating household these root tubers are like dessert, even without the added brown sugar. And if we go more than a few days without including them in a meal, we notice. At breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this easily stored warm-season edible is delicious and versatile. Last May, I purchased six slips, popped them in a raised bedand admittedly paid little attention to them.

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The trick to growing great sweet potatoes is to plan before you plant. Follow these recommendations for success in planting and harvesting sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are nutritious, starchy root vegetables.

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Growing Sweet Potatoes is very easy in tropical and sub tropical climates. And not difficult in cool climates, either. In fact, the question is not how to grow sweet potatoes, it's rather how to stop sweet potato vines from taking over the whole garden!

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This time of year, some of the prettiest produce on the shelves at my local organic market are sweet potatoes Ipomoea batatas. Unlike many other crops, the quality of sweet potatoes improves in storage, so they taste better now than they did in November. But as their dormancy period ends and sweet potato tubers begin to sprout, growing sweet potatoes from slips rooted cuttings becomes a fun springtime project.

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Sweet potatoes are grown more often in southern regions because they require at least four months of warm temperatures, though there are varieties that will grow in northern gardens, too. They are surprisingly easy to grow and just a few plants can produce a generous harvest. In warm climates, many gardeners plant sweet potatoes about a month after the last spring frost, when both the air and soil are dependably warm. Check out our ten best sweet potato recipes!

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The vines don't die and signal harvesttime the way white potato vines do. If you have a long growing season, you just have to keep checking the hills and harvest the roots at the best cooking stage. Gardeners in North Carolina, the biggest sweet potato-producing state, time their plantings so the roots will mature by late September and early October.

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We ship certified organic sweet potatoes slips in May and June, beginning with southernmost areas. Please do not order from us if you need slips earlier, as we are unable to produce slips before this time here in Virginia. Slips are vine cuttings from sprouted sweet potatoes for transplanting to your garden in the spring.

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