Sweet Potato
Ipomoea batatas

Family: Convolvulaceae (kon-volv-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ipomoea (ip-oh-MEE-a) (Info)
Species: batatas (bat-TAT-as) (Info)
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Category:

Bulbs

Vegetables

Groundcovers

Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

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Bloom Time:

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Foliage:

Evergreen

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Veined

Rubbery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mc Gehee, Arkansas

San Diego, California

Kissimmee, Florida

Miami, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Benton, Kentucky

Brunswick, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri

Smithfield, North Carolina

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Cookeville, Tennessee

Lafayette, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 30, 2010, holeth from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Sweet potatoes can be grown in zone 6a from "slips" in years with late frost. Does well in years with abundant moisture: I've had some the size of footballs. Too much rain from a single storm, however, will cause them to crack & expose them to critters &/or infection. They demand full sun. They love heat.

Due to an overabundance of plants, I'm wondering if anyone has had luck companion planting sweet potatoes with other vegetables...

Positive

On Aug 23, 2006, Phytodealer from Braslia
Brazil wrote:

At least many varieties do not produce seeds regularly, so youll have to propagate them by vegetative means. Sweet potatoes are specially easy to grow for food because they thrive even in poor soil and grow very fast.