Sweet potatoes are vigorous, running plants that will easily exceed their allotted space in the garden if not kept under control. They should be grown in mounds, much the way one would grow potatoes. They are extremely cold sensitive and should be planted after the soil has warmed in the spring and harvested before the first frost in the fall.

Latin Name

Ipomoea batatas


Family

Convolvulaceae


Also Known As

Yam


Type of Plant

Annual
Vegetable
Vine

Seasons

Summer
Fall

Specifications

Max Height: 1'
Max Spread: 10'

Uses

  • Annual
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Tollerances

  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Colors


    Native Range

    Indonesia


    History

    George Washington planted sweet potatoes at Muddy Hole in April of 1787.


    Other Details

    Grown by Washington

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